Bohol makes effort to attract conventions

Bohol has made an effort to attract more conventions here by having a team that allow for a seamless, smooth and peaceful staging of conventions.

Gov. Edgar Chatto revealed on Friday a team from the provincial government is the one that makes the difference why Bohol is emerging as a convention destination.

Bohol has staged three Association of Southeast Asian Nations meeting this year and a forum of the Asia Cooperation Dialogue this year.

Chatto said there is an effort on the part of the provincial government to improve the capability of the province to host conventions.

He cited the ability of the province to keep the peace and order. Proof of which is the successful repel of the botched attempt at terrorism by the Abu Sayyaf Group back in April.

Having 63 trained protocol and liaison officers make Bohol a prime destination for international conferences.

Making Bohol attractive to conferences is a work in progress, said Chatto.

There is a need to increase the number of hotel rooms.

However, Chatto said there are some investors willing to build more hotel rooms to accommodate the convention goers.

Also, there are plans to put up a bigger convention center.

At the same time, in the pipeline, is the planning for a convention center.

Chatto said the provincial government is still studying whether any future convention center will be public or private sector run.

He cited the fact other provinces which put up convention centers failed to maintain theirs.

He said it is quite difficult to maintain a convention center.





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