By JOHN CARLO M. CAHINHINAN
House Deputy Speaker Deogracias Victor Savellano said the long-term development of the Salomague Port will further boost tourism not only in Ilocos Sur but in the entire Northern Luzon.
Savellano made the remarks as the Salomague Port recently took on its first visit from a cruise ship late last year with over 4,000 passengers.
Savellano said the development of the Salomague Port is part of a long-term development plan that would boost tourism and the economy not only of the province, but the entire northern part of the country.
“That is part of a development plan that we made in the First District – to develop the port for cruise ships rather than a container port which could have some adverse effect on the environment,” said Savellano.
Last December 26, MV Spectrum, a Caribbean cruise ship carrying 4,000 passeners docked at the Salomague Port. Another cruise ship is expected on January 26 according to the lawmakers
“It brightened prospects in the tourism industry for Salomague and Ilocos Sur,” said Savellano.
Savellano earlier asked the Department of Tourism and Tourism Infrastructure And Enterprise Zone Authority (TIEZA) to build world-class restrooms in the 11 municipalities of the province to serve local and foreign tourists.
Savellano says there is so much to do and so many things to see in Ilocos Sur.
“Soak in the sun at the nearby Cabugao Beach or head south to historic Vigan or lounge on the secluded beaches of nearby Cabugao. And for a more urban excursion, head about an hour south to historic Vigan City where Spanish colonial architecture have been preserved,” the lawmaker said.
He added that he construction a coastal road was also part of this plan – to make the airport more accessible to tourists from the Salomague Port.