Ilocos Norte and La Union set travel, trade fair from Oct. 8-10

Ilocos Norte and La Union set travel, trade fair from Oct. 8-10

LAOAG CITY – Two provinces in the north, Ilocos Norte and La Union have partnered to revive each other’s ailing tourism industry amid the continuing corona virus pandemic.

To promote popular tourist destinations of both provinces, a travel and trade fair will be held at the Robinsons Place Ilocos, Alfresco Area from October 8 to 10.

Dubbed “I’m IN LUv Travel and Trade Fair”, the event aims to share Ilocos Norte and La Union’s best practices for safe travel in the face of a global pandemic.

According to Xavier Ruiz, officer-in-charge of the Ilocos Norte Tourism Office, tourists only need to register online, get a unique SafePass code and present a negative coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) test result to get to Ilocos Norte.

The province of Ilocos Norte has resumed accepting tourists since September 24, with almost a hundred registered visitors up to this date.

Most of these tourists are heading to the province’s beautiful beaches, particularly in Pagudpud town.

“With health and safety protocols in place, we promise to take your adventure to a whole new level,” said Ruiz, as he expressed optimism that more people will regain their confidence to travel again.

With La Union’s strategic location, Ilocos Norte Governor Matthew Joseph Manotoc earlier said tourists may consider a stopover in La Union before heading to Ilocos Norte and vice versa.

As part of the plan, joint events and trade shows can be jointly organized to benefit both parties including enticing sports water enthusiasts to try the surfing areas in San Juan, La Union as well as in Pagudpud and Badoc in Ilocos Norte.

Since the start of the pandemic, many resort and restaurant owners in both provinces have shut operations and only a few are just starting to open up for tourists again. (PNA)

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