LAPULAPU CITY, CEBU- discounted rate to the local tourists. This is one of the measures that the city government of Lapulapu is pursuing to address the effects of the temporary travel ban imposed on Chinese and South Koreans as means of preventing the spread of Corona Virus Disease- COVID-19 in the country.
The ban, Mayor Junard “Ahong” Chan admitted, really hurt the tourism industry of the city, thus the occupancy of hotels and resorts here have lessened.
“We anticipated that tourism in our city will really be affected. Our businesses will really be affected especially the hotels,” Chan said in Cebuano yesterday, February 26, in his regular press briefing.
The Mayor said he tasked Edward Mendez, the city’s tourism consultant to meet the hotels and resort owners to possibly convince them to offer discounted rates to accommodate the local tourists.
Chan explained that the Chinese and the South Koreans are the top tourists’ visitors of Lapulapu so the ban that is imposed on them will really affect the occupancy rate of the city’s hotels and resorts.
The Mayor is optimistic though that the tourism industry in the city will bounce back once the ban will be lifted. “This is just temporary, we are positive nga mabalik lang gihapon na siya (that this will bounce back).” Among the sectors that are affected by the ban are the boat operators and its boatmen in the city as the “island-hopping activities” that the Chinese and Koreans are known for have stopped.
The city government provided assistance to the families of the boatmen apart from a “work for food” program which will also be afforded to them through the City Social Welfare and Development Office (CSWDO).
Mayor Chan has earlier created the COVID-19 Incident Management Team (COVID 19-IMT) composed of the different departments at the city hall to address the COVID-19 concerns.
The COVID-19 IMT has earlier addressed the “home quarantine” measures of Persons Under Monitoring (PUMs) of city residents who arrived or have traveled from China, including Macau and Hongkong.
The Inter-Agency Task Force of the national government has decided that apart from the temporary ban of China travelers, the same would be imposed on South Koreans coming from the North Gyeongsang province where Daegu City and Cheongdo county is located.
At least persons died of COVID-19 from Daegu and Cheongdo while more than 1,000 were also infected by the disease. Lapulapu City is home to several resorts and hotels that caters to Chinese and South Koreans as there are direct flights from China and South Korea in the Mactan Cebu International Airport that sits in the city./AAJ