Monday, June 7, 2010

Marinduque next Tourist Hotspot in Asia - CNN



CNN International reported that MARINDUQUE is the next tourist hotspot in Asia, alongside, Phu Quoc (Vietnam), Hainan (China) and the Ho Tram Strip (Vietnam)as touted by developers and local governments.

Why? Writer Tiffany Lam says "For years, Marinduque has been under the foreign tripper's radar, but not for long, if politicos and developers have their way. The laid-back island-province is now being touted as the Philippines’ next holiday haven, with the Bellarocca luxury resort set up last year, and new domestic flights on Zest Air and SEAIR connecting it to Manila.

"Luzon officials are also on a crusade to raise the area’s public profile.

"Ilocos Norte representative Ferdinand Marcos Jr. said earlier this month that “once the Marinduque air and sea ports are modernized, larger volume of local and foreign tourists can be lured to visit its little-known but awesome white sand beaches.” Marcos is also advocating the redevelopment of the abandoned Marcopper mining site into a 18-hole golf course and a hospital complex, to boost medical tourism".

With now Senator-Elect Ferdinand R. Marcos, Jr. and with Congressman-Elect Lord Allan J. Velasco joining hands, the latter having pushed for Marinduque tourism in his capacity as Provincial Administrator under the administration of Governor Jose Antonio N. Carrion, we may indeed see the materialization of things we never thought possible or could happen here. Or yes, we did but things get stalled along the way with negative local politics hurtling us down the road to serfdom, leaving people motionless in suspended animation. But, maybe this time...

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