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Imee eyes Ilocos, Baguio collaboration to make ‘Solid North’ a tourism hub

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Ilocos Norte Governor Imee Marcos on Saturday said that her province and the City of Baguio could forge a stronger collaboration in terms of tourism.

“I’m hopeful we could collaborate with the City of Baguio and the Provincial Government of Ilocos Norte to do tourism projects and tours together,” said Marcos in a quick news briefing with members of the Baguio media.

The lady governor and her brother, Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos were among the special guests during the street dancing parade program of the annual Panagbenga Festival.

She said “we learn a lot from Baguio, tourism is just new in Ilocos Norte, but for so long, Baguio is truly a leader in tourism,” said the governor.

“So we must combine the classical tour of the north, Baguio, Rice Terraces and the colonial lowlands of Ilocos Norte,” she said.

The governor cited some natural wonders of Ilocos , like the Sand Dunes which would be a “perfect back-up to the Cordillera mountains and the Solsona-Apayao area which provided the same cool weather as Baguio..

“So it’s the synergy that we must have to exploit, lets collaborate with each other,” said the governor, noting that the overcrowding and heavy traffic being experienced in Baguio can be sent it to Ilocos Norte.

Marcos said Ilocos also experienced similar challenges like that of Baguio, especially with the tourists arriving in their seaports in cruise ships, making accommodation problem in their province.

She emphasized that tourists’ needs could be addressed when places in the so-called “Solid North” would help each other.(PNA)

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