Water taxis mulled
Shangri-La’s Mactan Resort and Spa proposed the idea of using water taxis in bringing guests of luxury resorts in Mactan Island to Cebu City . The five-star resort is asking incoming local government officials to allow the use of a docking area fronting Corso mall at the South Road Properties for the water taxis. The area was once used as a seaplane terminal by a company operating Air Juan. Using water taxis will allow guests to avoid traffic when they go to the city. The resort is also planning to discuss the idea with other resorts in Mactan, including Movenpick. Shangri-La Mactan is currently ferrying guests to and from Lapu-Lapu City to the resort using water taxis at the docking area in Lapu-Lapu City.
Oslob whale watching limitation proposed
Outgoing Vice Governor Agnes Magpale encouraged the incoming administration to reduce the number of tourists allowed to participate in whale watching activities in Oslob . An online booking system will reduce the current daily average from 1,000 tourists to 800 tourists every day. A 2018 study conducted by the Provincial Tourism Office (PTO) showed the carrying capacity to sustain tourism activities in Oslob should be limited to 800 individuals every day. If the online booking system is continued, it will make Cebu as the first province to limit the number of tourists visiting a tourist destination.
Aguinid Falls to be temporarily closed
Samboan’s Aguinid Falls is scheduled to be closed for at least one month for restoration . The upcoming closure was announced through the Aguinid Tangbo Facebook Page, which is the official social media page of Barangay Tangbo. The post indicated that the closure will allow nature to heal itself and allow officials to make changes and reforms before it is opened once again to the public. New fees and the use of safety gears will be discussed by officials during the closure. Currently, the entrance fee to the falls is PhP40 per visitor and it averages around 100 visitors each day. The closure is scheduled from June 17 to July 17 but may be extended upon the discretion of the barangay.
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