The Philippine Tour Operators Association (PHILTOA) is the largest association of registered tour operators together with allied members from various tourism sectors such as airlines, hotels, resorts, tourist transportation, and more focused in contributing to the growth of Philippine inbound and domestic tourism.
In line with its product development advocacy, PHILTOA is staging series of validation trips for its “ Bucket List “ tour programs and packages. “Bucket List” destinations are less traveled places which are already within the radar range of social media but could still be out of the mainstream tourism. By creating the tour packages to these destinations to be marketed locally and abroad, by accredited Philippine Tour Operators could be a big boost to the tourism program of these destinations. In the menu are Anda of Pangasinan and Bohol, Polilo islands of Quezon, Marinduque, the archipelagic province of Bohol, Catanduanes and Camiguin, Matnog and Gubat of Sorsogon, of Masbate, Higantes Island of Carles in Iloilo, Camiguin and Siargao, Bantayan and Camotes islands of Cebu.
PHILTOA started with Rizal – Quezon last January of this year which trail blazed the grand Sierra Madre Mountain Range to meet the great Pacific Ocean, covering the towns of Antipolo, Morong, Tanay, Pililia and Binagonan leading to Real, the coastal town of Quezon.
Together with DOT Region 4-B, the provincial office of Romblon and 2GO Travel, PHILTOA is set to validate another bucket list destination, the archipelagic province of Romblon , featuring its major islands : Sibuyan, Romblon, Tablas and San Jose. “Crusing Romblon” will make use the extensive Roll on, Roll Off (RORO) inter-island connection.
- LEG 1 (22-26 June) starts from Batangas port making an overnight travel to the island of Sibuyan. Leg one ends in the island of Romblon to catch the overnight ferry by 2GO Travel for Batangas port.
- LEG 2 (24-30 June) starts from Batangas port with an overnight ferry on board 2GO Travel’s San Antonio de Padua to Romblon Island. Leg 2 will cover the islands of Tablas and San Jose and will end up in Odiongan to catch the day trip ferry to Batangas port on 30 June on board St. Ignatius .
- FULL LEG (22-30 June) can be an option
Time to explore Romblon and see what these islands can offer other than the marble “almeres” (mortal and pestle).
The bucket list tour packages aimed at the millennial market will have its grand media launch on August 2016 . The same packages will be featured in the “Sale ng Bayan” during the 27th Philippine Travel Mart on 02-04 September 2016.