For about a few months now, Dumaguete City has continuously announced to be the host for the upcoming 2020 ASEAN School Games. The city government announced back in July 2019 that there will be 46 Million for Oval-Aqua Renovation for 12th ASEAN School Games in Negros Oriental.
Mayor Ipe Promises Sports Tourism for Dumaguete
According to Facebook LUPAD Dumaguete “City of Gentle People”, Dumaguete City Mayor Felipe Antonio Remollo speaks on how the city government managed to successfully organize the hosting of various local, national and international sports events that boosted the local economy and its profile as a sports tourism destination of choice in the Visayas.
2020 ASEAN Schools Game
Dumaguete City and Negros Oriental have been chosen to host the 2020 ASEAN Schools Games that will feature the best student-athletes of the 11-member nations of Southeast Asia Region that will surely generate income for the hosts like any sports events.
Tourist arrivals in Dumaguete City have steadily increased since it started promoting sports tourism. In the year 2016, 529, 414 tourists visited the city, rose to 651, 115 in 2017 up to 704, 689 in 2018. Among the resource persons with Mayor Remollo is Charles Lim, Founder of Sports Tourism Forum and Awards; Princess Galura of Sunrise Events-Ironman; sports organizers Roger Banzuela and Yun Hak-Chun.
Meanwhile, Negros Occidental Governor Eugenio Jose V. Lacson discusses with Mayor Felipe Antonio Remollo the strengths and possible areas of cooperation to promote sports tourism that will benefit the cities and towns of Negros Island. Mayor Remollo was invited to speak before a conference organized by the provincial government of Negros Occidental and the Philippine Sports Tourism Forum on the best means on how to organize sports tourism events. In 2017 and 2018, Dumaguete City was cited as the Philippines Best Sports Tourism Organizer and Runner-up as the Sports Tourism Destination of the country in 2017.
Wednesday’s forum was attended by sports coordinators and tourism officers of Negros Occidental in the Provincial Capitol Social Hall, Bacolod City.