Air Asia to start Cebu-Shenzhen direct flights on May 9
Tourism in Cebu is expected to get another boost as Air Asia is set to start direct flights between Shenzhen and Cebu and on May 9. This is the first route of the budget carrier from China to the Queen City of the South and vice-versa. The new route is one of the ways the airline is strengthening its operations outside of the country’s capital, according to Dexter M. Comendador. The Air Asia Philippines head added that the flights also give Cebuanos the chance to experience the modern wonders of “China’s Silicon Valley.” Shenzhen is located in the Guangdong Province and links mainland China to Hong Kong.
Tourist in Sumilon Island to be limited
A recommendation to limit the number of tourists visiting Sumilon Island and other areas with heavy tourist traffic was made by Joselito Costas, head of the Provincial Tourism Office (PTO). Costas said only 522 tourists should be allowed to visit the island every day. In addition, Apolonio Baclayon of the Provincial Environmental and Natural Resources Office (PENRO) of Cebu said visitors should only stay a maximum of three hours. The move comes after around two tons of garbage was collected during a coastal clean-up program in Sumilon Island’s sandbar and adjacent areas.
Local executives urged to ensure the safety of tourists
After a tourist from Hong Kong fell at least 15 feet while trying to take a selfie in Osmeña Peak, local government officials were urged to implement suitable visitor management processes and to set up a first aid station in the mountain. In addition, Cebu Association of Tour Operation Specialists (Catos) president Alice Queblatin said accident-prone or hazard areas should be cordoned off. Local guides should also accompany tourists visiting the highest peak in Cebu.