Baguio to open doors to tourists from NCR, Cagayan Valley, Central Luzon

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, October 17) — Baguio City will open its doors to tourists from Metro Manila, Cagayan Valley, and Central Luzon on October 22.

The decision was welcomed by the Tourism Department during the DOT-Baguio Post Opening Assessment held on Saturday with Tourism Secretary Bernadette Romulo-Puyat, Mayor Benjamin Magalong, and other local officials.

“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,” Puyat said.

This move is believed to help the tourism industry in the City of Pines to recover swiftly.

In line with this, a maximum of 200 visitors will be allowed per day in the city, to 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.

According to the statement of the DOT on Saturday, the VISITA app has already received 2,000 registrations and 200 travel requests since it officially launched on September 22.

Booking itineraries through a DOT-accredited tour agency is now optional, but tourists will still be required to book in a DOT-accredited accommodation establishment issued with a Certificate Authority to Operate, then DOT said.

“Now that we have an actual visitor count, the city has an important reference point and valuable feedback on how to move forward from this initial opening period,” Puyat added.

The summer capital opened its borders to visitors from the Ilocos Region on October 1 to jump-start the local economy.