Boy Ryan B. Zabal:
KALIBO, Aklan – To attract more Taiwanese and South Korean tourists, Kalibo Mayor Raymar Rebaldo is developing a tour package.
Tourists usually arrive on Wednesday and Saturday evening at the Kalibo International Airport from Taipei, Taiwan to visit the famous island resort of Boracay. “The establishment of a village for budget-minded tourists and travelers near our Kalibo Bakhawan Eco-Park would contribute to the tourism development of this town,” Rebaldo said.
The Kalibo Bakhawan Eco-Park is a multi-awarded 75-hectare mangrove reforestation project in Brgy. New Buswang. It showcases the Manggad it Kalibo, Piña and Ati-Atihan village for local tourists and balikbayans.
Rebaldo hailed Asian Spirit and Mandarin Airlines for their direct chartered flights from Taipei and Incheon, South Korea. He said the Kalibo airport is now considered an international gateway by the national government.
“If we have something special to offer to these tourists, we could lure them to stay in Kalibo even for just three hours," said Rebaldo, current Visayas Island cluster president of the League of Municipalities of the Philippines (LMP).
There are 20 low-budget hotels and pension inns in Kalibo that offer tourists excellent accommodation.
Aklan Sampaguita Gardens Hotel in New Washington, Aklan, about eight kilometers from here, also offers world-class rooms, a convention center and function rooms.