The tourism department in the region is seeking help from volunteer divers for the revival of the famed diving activities in the province of Southern Leyte which has suffered major blow more than two months ago during the onslaught of typhoon Odette.
Leisure with a purpose
Tourism regional director Karina Rosa Tiopes said that what Southern Leyte needs now are tourists with a purpose greater than just enjoying the tour, the place and having fun.
"We are looking for divers who would want to become volunteer tourists. Meaning they will go there for diving and to participate in activities for reviving the tourism industry of the province."
The idea is to integrate in the industry’s ways or programs through which tourists can get involve in the recovery of the typhoon affected communities.
A resort in the province named Sogod Bay Scuba Resort claimed that it has already been receiving inquiries not just about diving activities but also about ways by which tourists can be of any help, and perhaps get involved in the recovery of the typhoon affected communities.
Stakeholders are also gradually recovering to revive the province's tourism industry.
Diving shops particularly those located in Padre Burgos are targeting to launch a soft opening in this month of March, hoping that by April they will then start receiving foreign tourists.
Meanwhile, shops along Sogod Bay have already finished their repairs. In fact, they were able to buy new boats essential for their livelihood and tourism.
DOT-8 Director Tiopes assured that with everything now in place, after more than two lull years, these popular tourism sites in Southern Leyte are actually ready now to welcome visiting local and foreign tourists.
The agency expects foreign tourists from Europe and North American countries who will be staying in the province for about two weeks.