The BLISTT Governing Council is finalizing a consolidated tourism brochure that showcases the unique and complementing tourism attractions in the Baguio, La Trinidad, Itogon, Sablan, Tuba, Tublay (BLISTT) growth area. As agreed during the BLISTT Governing Council 1st Quarter Meeting conducted last 14 January 2015, a finalized brochure is expected in the first semester of this year.
Designed to provide tourists with additional tourism sites and experiences, the tourism brochure will feature tourism attractions in the BLISTT. It will contain a map pf the BLISTT areas and their respective comparative advantage in the tourism industry. Baguio will serve as the tourist service center where tourists will lodge and jump-off to the LISTT municipalities. La Trinidad will showcase Agri-Tourism with its strawberry fields, flower gardens, agro-forest and food processing cooperatives. Itogon offers mountain trekking in Mount Ugo, Balatoc Mine Tour and its hot spring resort while Sablan will showcase its orchards and fruit farms. On the other hand, Tuba has Kennon Road, Bencab and Asin Wood crafts, Asin hot springs, theme parks, and Mt. Sto. Tomas. Tublay also has lots to offer when it comes to caving/spelunking, hot springs, and the WINACA Eco-cultural village. Apart from these, the tourism brochure will also provide basic information on travel expenses, restaurants and others that will encourage tourists to expand their Baguio trip to other tourist attractions in the LISTT.
It has to be recalled that the promotion of eco-tourism was one of the identified development strategies for the BLISTT during several workshops previously conducted. In 2014, the BLISTT Governing Council agreed to come up with a consolidated BLISTT Tourism Brochure which was fleshed out in a Technical Working Group Workshop by the BLISTT Development Council. The NEDA-CAR which serves as the Secretariat to the BLISTT shall assist in putting together the BLISTT brochure.
by: Mark Allen Ponciano, SPCAR