More tourists are coming to the province
Negros Occidental Governor Eugenio Jose Lacson shows hope and optimism that the provincial government shall further ease travel restrictions in light of tourism and anticipate more incoming tourists within the year.
During the quarterly meeting of the provincial government, Lacson highlighted that majority of incoming tourists are bound for Bacolod City. The governor notes that coordination between the Negros Occidental local government and the Bacolod City government is essential for improving tourism in the province and its highly urbanized city.
The S-PaSS requirement is currently lifted, requiring incoming tourists to present only their vaccination cards upon arrival.
MassKara Festival is expected to be back in October!
On a brighter note, the highly anticipated MassKara Festival
in Bacolod City is expected to be held this 2022 after a two-year hiatus because of the pandemic.
Bacolod City Mayor Evelio Leonardia officially announced this during the micro, small, and medium enterprise or MSME support program launch at the New Government Center, which responded with cheers and applause.
With the future month-long MassKara Festival
celebration held like it was in the past years, Leonardia says that this would pave the way for Bacolod City to revive itself as a cultural destination and engage more tourists to come to the City of Smiles.
Leonardia promised Bacolodnons, tourists, and guests that this year’s festival would be more prominent for the coming-out party of the city. 
Mambukal Resort to reopen after Holy Week with updated rates
With festivals, rallies, and concerts being held, Negros Occidental has also reopened some iconic tourist spots
, like the Mambukal Resort and Wildlife Sanctuary, with new and updated rates.
When the resort opens after Holy Week, the entrance rate will be increased to PhP120 and PhP60 for adults and children, respectively. The updated entrance fee shall now include free use of the dipping and swimming pool amenities of Mambukal Resort.
As for the villas in the resort, the proposed rates cost PhP2,000 for the married, PhP2,400 for triple sharing, PhP3,000 for the quadruple sharing, and lastly, use for the family cottages shall be PhP5,500.
Provincial Tourism Officer Cheryl Decena, who is also assigned to be in charge of the resort, noted that there had been no increase in amenities and recreational accommodations rates at the resort since 2003. The last entrance fee increase was way back in 2011.