Dumaguete City Mayor Felipe Antonio Remollo spoke on how the city managed to successfully organize the hosting of various local, national, and international sports events that boosted the local economy and its profile as a sports tourism destination of choice in the Visayas.
Remollo was invited to speak before a conference organized by the provincial government of Negros Occidental and the Philippine Sports Tourism Forum on the best means on how to organize sports tourism events.
Dumaguete City and Negros Oriental have been chosen to host the 2020 ASEAN Schools Games that will feature the best student-athletes of the 11-member nations of Southeast Asia Region.
Officials hope this will generate more income for the hosts like any sports events.
Tourist arrivals in Dumaguete City steadily increased since it started promoting sports tourism.
In 2016, there were 529,414 tourists who visited the city.
It rose to 651,115 in 2017, then peaking at 704,689 in 2018.
Among the resource persons with Mayor Remollo are Charles Lim, Founder of Sports Tourism Forum and Awards; Princess Galura of Sunrise Events-Ironman; sports organizers Roger Banzuela and Yun Hak-Chun.
The forum was attended by sports coordinators and tourism officers of Negros Occidental in the Provincial Capitol Social Hall, Bacolod City.
Gawas sa insentibo nga gitakda sa balaod, mohatag og dugang pahalipay si Pres. Rodrigo Duterte sa mga atletang Pinoy nga makakuha og medalya sa gipahigayon karong 30th Southeast Asian Games dinhi sa nasod.
Matud pa ni Senador Bong Go, kini ang gisaad sa Presidente niadtong nagka-estorya sila niadtong adlaw’ng Miyerkoles.
Apan wala gibutyag ni Go kun pila ang ihatag nga insentibo ni Duterte sa mga atleta.
Matud pa nga gitun-an usab sa Presidente ang paghatag og Order of Lapu-Lapu sa mga modaog nga atleta.
Giingong pang-engganyo kini ni Duterte ug aron mapa-isa pa ang morale sa mga atleta aron maningkamot sa pakigtigi taliwala sa mga kontroberisya nga nagputos karon sa SEA Games.
Ubos sa Republic Act No. 10699, o National Athletes, Coaches and Trainers Benefits and Incentives Act, makadawat og P300,000 ang atletang makakuha og gold medal sa SEA Games, P150,000 sa silver medalist ug P60,000 sa bronze medalist.
Kahinumdoman nga niadtong Oktubre lamang ning tuig sa meet and greet with the President, gihatagan ni Duterte og tag-usa ka milyong piso sila gold medalist Carlos Yulo, Ernest Obiena (pole vault), ug Nesthy Petecio (boxing) samtang ang silver medalist nga si Eumir Marcial (boxing) ug bronze medalist Diaz (weightlifting) nakadawat og tag-P500,000.
Dumaguete City has been awarded as the Philippine Sports Tourism Government Organizer of the Year during the 3rd Sports Tourism Award at Resorts World Manila in Pasay, besting other cities and towns in the country.
This is the second award that the city received, said Mayor Felipe Antonio Remollo as he accepted the award along with Councilor Michael Bandal, Assistant City Administrator Dr. Dinno Depositario, City Sports Coordinator Ike Xavier Villaflores, and Katherine Therese Aguilar of Special Events Unit at the Grand ceremony attended by major stakeholders of the sports tourism industry of the country.
Among those who presented the award to the delegation from Dumaguete City were Charles Lim, Founder of Philippine Sports Tourism Awards (PSTA); Department of Tourism Usec. Benito Bengzon Jr., and Pauland Dumlao, Managing Director of Plan Bravo-Primetime Group Inc.
According to City Public Information Officer Dems Demecillo, the PSTA committee noted that even while Dumaguete City earned its moniker as a “City of Gentle People,” the residents also cooperate in various government-led sports events all year-round, including the first-ever Dumaguete Triathlon.
Last year, the city was also bestowed the same distinction for its excellent track record of hosting international, national, and local events that promoted sports tourism and boosted the local economy.
“Next year promises to be yet another sports-filled calendar in addition to the city’s hosting of the 2020 ASEAN Schools Games and possible partnership Sunrise Events Inc. General Manager for the staging of Ironman in Dumaguete City,” said Demecillo.