To maintain the marketing and promotional efforts of the Local Government Unit in Tourism during and after the travel restrictions and health protocols in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. This year, the massive outbreak of the coronavirus (COVID-19) caused a severe economic blow to the tourism industry. Local visitor arrivals drastically dropped due to the travel restrictions and quarantine measures that were imposed by local government units in each region.
On March 16, 2020, the entire Luzon was placed under the Enhanced Community Quarantine (ECQ) to prevent the spread of the COVID-19. During this time, only essential personnel and skeleton workforce were allowed to continue operations.
As of date, most regions in the country are now under a Modified General Community Quarantine (MGCQ). Businesses in these areas have started to resume but at a maximum of 50% operating capacity. As travelling gradually returns to a new normal, the tourism industry will adopt the new protocols and measures to ensure the safety of tourists and stakeholders amid COVID-19.
In retrospect, during crises, the domestic market has always driven tourism recovery, thus, this is what the Local Tourism Office will focus on in the next months. Restarting domestic tourism carefully and in phases will bring back jobs while implementing and institutionalizing the new health protocols.
Moreover, domestic tourism accounts for 10.8% of the 12.7% GDP share of the tourism industry. With or without the pandemic, it remains the driving force of tourism’s growth and development.
In view of this, the Local Tourism Office will engage the services of an experienced Web Developer to develop and implement Visitor Information and Travel Assistance System Development (VisitaREAL) that will communicate all tourism efforts, health protocols, and regulations, allow visitor registration, QR code report generation and online booking that will be accessible to local market and build back the confidence of Filipinos to travel locally once again.
The V.I.S.I.T.A. Real (Visitor Information and Travel Assistant) will be an online registration system for Real, Quezon tourists and travelers. It will become an instrumental tool for the cautious re-start of tourism activities and gradual re-opening of the local economy.
The VISITA Real will design as a general digital system that can regulate entry and monitor mobility of visitors through a ticketing system using a QR-coded Tourist Pass (QTP), and at the same time implementing the health and safety protocols, from the mandated triaging up to digital check-ins for contact tracing.
In the future, as part of Local Government Unit of Real thrusts towards responsible and sustainable tourism, the VIS.I.T.A. will serve as the online portal for tourists, whose VIS.I.T.A accounts shall serve as a personal guide and assistant when traveling to Real. Pre-arrangements such as bookings, itinerary maker and payment of regulatory fees, and on-site assistance such as attractions, events, services, and even emergency directories and connectivity shall be incorporated. Experience survey and feedback will also become available, and such.
The digital monitoring system will be used to keep track of visitor activities to ensure that safety protocols are followed within the municipality.