Central Luzon residents can visit Baguio starting Oct 22
Residents of Central Luzon will be allowed to visit Baguio City beginning October 22, local officials said on Saturday.
The country’s Summer Capital will open its doors to Central Luzon as well as Metro Manila and Cagayan Valley in a decision welcomed by the Department of Tourism.
“Listening to visitors’ and stakeholders’ feedback will be essential for us to keep improving the tourism experience in Baguio, which is the goal of this meeting,” Tourism Secretary Bernadeete Romulo-Puyat said.
The move is in line with efforts to boost the tourism industry in Baguio, which is still reeling from the impact of the coronavirus pandemic.
But a maximum of only 200 visitors will be allowed per day in the city. They will be monitored through the digital platform called the Baguio Visitor Information and Travel Assistance (VISITA) app.
The app will also be used to input necessary documents to be submitted by tourists.
As of Saturday, the app has already received 2,000 registrations and 200 travel requests since it officially launched on September 22, according to the DOT.
Baguio first opened its borders to visitors from the Ilocos Region on October 1 to jump-start the local economy.
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