Aklanís tourist attractions found in its 17 towns will be taking centerstage here on September 24-29 in celebration of Tourism Week.
The celebration, to be spearheaded by the Aklan Tourism Officers Association (AkTOA) in partnership with Aklan Provincial Tourism Office (AKPO) will include various activities that will showcase and promote the tourism attractions of the province and create better understanding of the benefits of tourism, according to Aklan Governor Carlito S. Marquez in a letter to various sectors here imploring their support to the celebration.
Among activities lined up for the celebration include a caravan starting at Buruanga, Altavas, Libacao, Malinao and New Washington which would converge in Kalibo for the motorcade; Tourism Forum with Exhibit at the ABL Sports Complex with students, tourism-related establishments and organizations and the media as target participants; Tourism Quiz Bee for students with tourism related courses at the ABL Sports Complex, all of which will be held September 24; and a three-day familiarization tour to Aklanís 17 municipalities to be participated in by 50 tourism officers, local media and photo organizations.
The tour, according to the provincial government, aims to acquaint the participants on the tourism potentials of each municipality, come up with promotional write-ups and high-quality photos through the media and photo organization representatives and to craft multi-destination tours for the province.
The three-day Province-wide Familiarization Tour will start September 25 with a registration/briefing at the Kalibo Municipal Conference Hall, followed by a trip to the Pina Village in Kalibo, then to New Washington town, Kalantiaw Shrine in Batan, Veterans Shrine in Altavas, Basura Garden in Balete Chateau de Gloria in Banga and to Libacao to stay overnight.
On the second day of the tour, the participants will be subjected to the Libacao Wild River experience through kayaking and bamboo rafting, cross the Aklan River to Madalag through the newly-built bridge to visit the townís church situated atop a hill, witness a demo on Abaca-weaving in Malinao, visit the Bayangan Village and Dragon Fruit Plantation in Lezo and the century-old acacia trees in Numancia, view the seafoods presentation of Makato, go to Jawili Falls in Tangalan, view the Bamboo Handicrafts Showcase of Ibajay and the demo on Bariw Weaving in Nabas.
The group will then proceed to Boracay Island to stay overnight, and in the morning, they will visit the Pangihan Cave in mainland Malay and go diving/mountain-hiking in Buruanga and travel to Kalibo in late afternoon of September 27. (JCM/VGV PIA 6 Aklan)