By Jennifer C. Tilos
Dumaguete City is set to host a series of sports events that will lure more tourist-athletes and hordes of fans this April.
Mayor Felipe Antonio Remollo has partnered with several private institutions to host at least four major tournaments.
City Public Information Officer Dems Demecillo said the Dumaguete Dragon Boat Challenge will be held on April 12-14, which brings various teams from across the country such as Manila, Panay, Cebu, Davao, Cagayan de Oro, Tacloban and Bohol to compete along the shores of the Rizal Boulevard.
Meanwhile, various softball and baseball teams will compete in the Little League Visayas Leg to earn a spot in the Philippine Series or national finals that will determine which team will represent the Philippines in the international edition.
Also in April, the country’s top two rivals in the University Athletics Association of the Philippines (UAAP) tentatively the De La Salle University and Ateneo De Manila will face off in the most anticipated match at the Lamberto Macias Sports Complex, said Demecillo.
He added that the Beach Volleyball on Tour in Dumaguete will be back with a bigger number of teams from around the country, which will vie for top prizes in several matches at the Rizal Beach Courts.
“Dumaguete City is now considered as an emerging sports tourism hub in the country having successfully hosted international, national and regional events that attracted hundreds of thousands of visitors and generated hundreds of millions in revenues benefitting the local economy,” said Demecillo.
The city has attracted athletes and tourists due to the presence of quality facilities, affordable cost of a living, conducive environment, strategic location, and enthusiastic hometown crowd.
The Dumaguete City Tourism Office reports total visitor arrival of 706,689 for the year 2018, versus 615,861 for the year 2017 or 14.75% increase.
In a bid to increase security, the city government has constructed two police outposts in both ends of Rizal Avenue, which is frequented by hundreds of locals and tourists.
Said outposts will address public concerns on the safety of tourists and locals including incidents of vandalism.
The entire stretch of the boulevard is lined with various restaurants one side and a long pathway for joggers, strollers, and runners on the other.