Loboc river cruise kick-starts Bohol tourism revival; new viewing deck for Chocolate Hills opens
Cebu Daily News
7:32 am | Friday, October 25th, 2013
Boholâ€™s enchanting Loboc River Cruise reopened yesterday as tourism stakeholders pulled all stops to restart the provinceâ€™s top revenue earning industry a week after a powerful earthquake devastated parts of Central Visayas.
The cruise in Loboc, among the towns that reeled from the 7.2 magnitude earthquake, became the provinceâ€™s symbol that Boholanos are getting back on their feet.
Loboc Mayor Helen Allaba said the whole town was happy the river cruise was back because it provides livelihood for at least 300 local residents.
â€œWe have 21 floating restaurants run be four operators. Without this , the people earn nothing for their families,â€ she said.
Before the quake, an average of 1,000 tourists took the cruise each day. They pay P450 for a relaxing ride and lunch.
Almost all roads leading to key Bohol tourist attractions are passable, said the Department of Tourism (DOT).
The roads from Tagbilaran City to Carmen town via Corella to see the Chocolate Hills from a new viewing deck are open to light vehicles.