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Cagayan de Oro has been cited lately as among the perfect destinations where travelers can mix business with pleasure, relaxation and adventure. Specifically, Region 10’s economic center was chosen not only as gateway to northern part of Mindanao but also due to its city-based adventure activities.

The city’s whitewater rafting adventures, and other outdoor activities are just a few mnutes from the city proper. Basically it’s where business and pleasure mix.

“These places are perfect for corporate travelers and holidaymakers,” says Cesar Cruz, Philippine Tourism Authority president. “Each place has something unique to offer, and we’re hoping that more and more people understand the fact that the Philippines has what it takes to be one of the world’s premier travel destinations.”

Aside from Cagayan de Oro, also named emerging destinations are: Laoag and Dagupan (Region I), for their heritage sites, and beaches; La Trinidad Valley Cordillera Administration Region (CAR), for its magnificent strawberry fields, vegetable terraces and cut flower industry; Zambales (Region III), a multifaceted destination for beach holidays, mango agri-tourism and sports adventure activities; San Juan, Batangas (Region IV-A) can easily boast endless beautiful beaches and stylized type of resorts; Marinduque (Region IV-B) with its world class resort and rich cultural traditions; Sorsogon of Bicol (Region V) which is synonymous to eco-tourism activities like whale interaction and firefly tour.

In Visayas: Silay City in Negros Occidental (Region VI), for its preserved ancestral houses, rich culinary heritage and newly constructed world class airport; Danao in Bohol (Region VII), the new eco-adventure mecca complemented by nearby white sand beaches and the nature’s wonders of the Chocolate Hills and tarsier; the island destinations of Northern Samar (Region VIII) with its pristine beach areas, rich flora and fauna and iconic natural land formation.

Down south: The Island Garden City of Samal (Region XI), for its paradise-like coves and beaches, eco-adventure sites and activities; Butuan City (Region XIII) of Caraga is historical mecca of the Philippines with good access to Agusan marshlands and surfing capital of Siargao; Sarangani (Region XII) can always pull a surprise with its beautiful coastlines, diverse cultural heritage and aqua tourism activities; Dapitan City (Region IX) of Zamboanga del Sur, holds one of the historical treasures of Dr. Jose Rizal, complemented by its rustic surroundings and thriving aqua culture industry.

The criteria used by the Department of Tourism and PHILTOA for choosing the Top Emerging Business Destinations are: good accessibility, communication network , availability of meeting facilities and standard accommodations.

The destinations will be featured at the 21st Philippine Travel Mart on September 3 to 5 at the SM Megatrade Halls, as part of the Biyahe Exchange Program, a one-on-one business meeting between corporate buyers and travel sellers where travel adventures, trips, and tours are offered to companies for corporate outings and company incentives.

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