The national government has revealed that a community in Cebu has been named by the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) as one of the world’s “Best Tourism Villages.”
Department of Tourism (DOT) Secretary Bernadette Romulo-Puyat released a statement celebrating the recognition UNWTO gave Barangay Boho in Aloguinsan town. It is the home of Cebu’s world-renowned Bojo RIver.
The award was received in Madrid by Tourism officer-in-charge Undersecretary Verna Buensuceso and Philippine Ambassador to Spain Philippe Jones Lhuiller.
“A local destination being inducted into the UNWTO Best Tourism Villages Program in its pilot year is a testament to the Philippines’ commitment to sustainable tourism development,” Puyat said, “from the national level down to the grassroots.”
According to the DOT, the award “recognizes the remarkable work of the local community in Bojo, through the Bojo Aloguinsan Ecotourism Association.”
“The wealth of our natural resources and unmatched hospitality remains our key strength as we strive for the reopening of the industry to international travelers,” Puyat added, “anchored on the principle of safe and sustainable tourism.”
A Best Tourism Village is judged by its resources, both natural and cultural. Alongside this is its actions, innovative and transformative alike. It’s also judged on its tourism development commitment aligning with SDGs (sustainable development goals).
UNWTO has recognized 44 communities across 32 countries with the same award.
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