Balicasag Island, Bohol. Photo @micakirsch

Tourism in the country may get the needed boost come summer season as local government units are already accepting cheaper alternatives to the nasopharyngeal RT-PCR test, such as the antigen and Saliva RT-PCR test, according to AirAsia.  

Bohol was the first LGU to accept Saliva RT-PCR test results for visitors, while LGUs of Negros Occidental and Aklan have already expressed interest in using the same method for residents and arriving tourists of Boracay and Bacolod.

The adjustments in health and safety protocols in different provinces will encourage more tourists to visit different tourist destinations this coming summer.

For example, Cebu Province has already announced that it will no longer require swab tests to travelers from other provinces in the country.

To encourage tourism activity in the province, an executive order released by Cebu Province on Monday has made it easier for travelers who wish to visit Cebu’s renowned tourism destinations. All the tourists need to prepare are a valid medical certificate issued within seven days before the travel date and proof of booking at a hotel or resort accredited by the Cebu Provincial Tourism Task Force.

They must also pass through symptoms checking at the point of departure and point of arrival.

Also, tourists must pre-book their stay through the Province’s online tourism portal and present their medical certificate upon check-in.

To entice more Filipinos to travel this summer, AirAsia released a series of travel video “memes” coined as “dream summer” on its social media platforms, portraying people who dreamed of going to their favorite destinations to experience the sand and the beach.  

“It’s been almost a year since the pandemic started.  We know how frustrating the past months have been.  We can only guess that with summer just around the corner, most of our kababayans who spent their months on lockdown are now excited to fit their summer ‘Outfit of the Day,’ said AirAsia Spokesperson Steve Dailisan. 

“AirAsia is here to make that happen for you.  While most of the destinations in the provinces have relaxed their restrictions and requirements, we at AirAsia are coming up with promos that will entice Filipinos to travel and REDyscover the Philippines.

AirAsia is currently offering big discounts on tickets and hotels.  Book now until March 7 and travel from February 15 to July 31, and get big discounts, from as low as Php 98 one-way base fare from Manila, Clack and Cebu to your favorite summer destinations such as Bohol, Caticlan, Kalibo, Puerto Princesa, Cagayan de Oro, Tacloban, Davao, Iloilo, General Santos, Bacolod and Zamboanga.

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