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Cebu’s ‘Suroy-Suroy’ tourism program highlights northern towns

cebus suroy suroy tourism program highlights northern towns - Cebu’s ‘Suroy-Suroy’ tourism program highlights northern towns

THIS year’s first leg of the Suroy-Suroy Sugbo tourism program, intended to promote towns outside the Metro Cebu area, kicked off this week with the northern area getting the spotlight. Suroy-suroy is the Cebuano word for gallivanting while Sugbo is the old name of Cebu. The program organizes group tours led by the Cebu provincial government. This week’s trip — covering the municipalities of Consolacion, Compostela, Carmen, Sogod and Daanbantayan — attracted 249 paying guests, composed of leisure and business travelers. “It feels exciting, it feels amazing to be able to cater and to welcome tourists from different parts of the world,” Consolacion Mayor Joannes P. Alegado told reporters during the Suroy-Suroy’s first stop. He added that their participation in the program is in line with the goal to be upgrade into a city classification. Carmen Mayor Carlo T. Villamor, for his part, said the program is a boost to local businesses. Cebu Tourism Office head Maria Lester Ybañez said they actually had to turn down some interested participants for this trip due to limited accommodations in the destinations. The other Suroy-Suroy trips scheduled this year are the Camotes Escapade on April 25-26, and the Midwest on June 12-13. — The Freeman

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