Suroy-Suroy Sugbo Holy Week Tour Packages will be launched on March 16

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CEBU CITY, Philippines – Holy Week packages for tourists in the province of Cebu will be launched on March 16, 2021, which the Capitol hopes will attract more tourists to the province during the upcoming Holy Week.

The Suroy-Suroy Sugbo tour offers a four-day, three-night (4D3N) stay in North and South Cebu and the islands of Bantayan and Malapascua, for the Pre-Holy Week package and the Holy Week package.

These will take place from March 22 to March 25, March 29 to April 1, April 5 to April 8 and April 12 to 15, 2021.

Tours have been categorized by these three schedules, but the price of accommodation for two, airfare, airport transportation to destinations, tour operator, tour guide, essential travel kit, and lunch will remain the same.

Tourists will have the opportunity to choose the resort or hotel to stay and their preferred room in different categories.

Tourists will have the opportunity to choose the resort or hotel to stay and their preferred room in different categories.

Categories A, B and C will start at different prices, but tourists will have options with them.

Prices may vary by category depending on accommodation choice, but are not final until launch.

If a tourist wants to stay alone in a room, or in single occupancy, he will have to pay for the entire room and the price increases with it.

Mactan Cebu International Airport will set up a special lane for tourists taking these packages.

Cebuanos can also take advantage of the packages and will save P2000 as they will not have to use the airfare inclusion. Their pick-up points will be on the Capitol grounds.

Tourists who wish to stay in a resort for the entire 4D3N stay can avail of the staycation package. The P500 lunch fee will be deducted from the package price.

The launch will be led by Governor Gwendolyn Garcia with Department of Tourism (DOT) 7, Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) 7, Mactan Cebu International Airport Authority (MCIAA), GMR Megawide Cebu Airport Corporation (GMCAC), Philippine Airlines, Cebu Pacific Air and Air Asia, hotel and resort owners and tour operators.

Once an authority from the Cebu Provincial Council is obtained, Garcia said a contract will be signed between Cebu Province and the private sector on March 16 to formalize the program.

The responsibilities and obligations of the parties will be defined in the multiparty agreement.

During a meeting on Tuesday March 11, the various stakeholders agreed to operate the organized trips for six months.

Garcia said the program aims to fill the occupancy gap at resorts and hotels in Cebu province during weekdays, as resorts are usually full on weekends but receive fewer guests on weekdays.

“Unsa may akong tinguha? We try to give as many opportunities as possible to as many stations as possible because I know you are all suffering. If only I could relieve this pain perfectly… but I can’t. Hopefully for the majority of you, we can at least help you,” she said.

Besides resorts and hotels, the governor said airlines, tour operators, tour guides and bus lines can also earn revenue from the program.

Travelers coming to Cebu need only present a valid medical certificate issued within 7 days of the date of travel; proof of pre-booking at a resort, hotel or other accommodation establishment in the province; and pass the check or screening for symptoms at the point of departure and at the point of arrival. /rcg

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