Tourists planning to visit Baguio City will have to wait even after the modified general community quarantine (MGCQ) as per LGU.
Tourism remains at the bottom of a list of industries that have been given priority for reopening here in light of restrictions against movement to contain the spread of the new coronavirus disease (COVID-19).
The city will lure back tourists through a new marketing campaign that can be launched on Sept. 1, Baguio Day, having lost P1.4 billion in potential gross revenue from tourism-related events from February to April.
About 500 hotels, inns and other accommodation facilities were temporarily closed due to the quarantines, displacing more than 4,000 employees.
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The suspension of tourism events has allowed the city environment and parks management office (Cepmo) to concentrate on improving parks like Botanical Garden, and resume a program to rehabilitate and reforest the city.
“February and the rest of summer are the months for flowers to blossom in this part of the country … But flowers have lasted longer [when people are restricted indoors during the quarantine],” said Rhenan Diwas, assistant city environment officer.
Curfew has been practiced in the whole city (8pm to 5am).