Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Dagupan and Laoag, Region I's Top Emerging Business Destinations of 2010

Repost from The Daily Tribune:

People who are fond of going to the more popular destinations of the Philippines like Boracay, Puerto Galera, Cebu, Davao among others are encouraged to travel to the equally beautiful but not much visited places in the country.

The Department of Tourism (DoT) and the Philippine Tour Operations Association (PHILTOA) recently announced their list of and awarded several cities across the country the distinction of being the “top emerging business destinations” of the year. To be considered under the list, the destination must meet all the criteria of having good accessibility, communication network, availability of meeting facilities and standard accommodation.

“These emerging destinations are perfect for corporate travelers and holidaymakers,” says PHILTOA president Cesar Cruz. “Each place has something unique to offer, and we’re hoping that more and more people understand the fact that the Philippines has what it takes to be one of the world’s premier travel destinations.”


In the Ilocos region (Region I), the cities of Laoag and Dagupan are recognized for their heritage sites and beaches. Laoag is home to one of the biggest cathedrals in the country, St. Williams’ Cathedral, where the Sinking Bell Tower can be seen. On the other hand, Dagupan or the “land of the milkfish (bangus)” is also known for its historical landmarks and pristine beaches.

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