Senator Richard Gordon hopes to convert Marawi City and the opposite areas round Lake Lanao into tourism sights to allow the war-torn metropolis to rise from the ashes of struggle as soon as the armed battle between authorities forces and the Maute terrorists ends.
Gordon was as soon as tourism secretary in the course of the administration of former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo whereby he inspired native and international vacationers to go to the Philippines by means of the marketing campaign slogan “Wow Philippines!.”
“We must all aim for the common good. Yung Marawi, dapat ngayon pa lang isipin na natin kung paano makakabangon pagkatapos ng giyera,” Gordon stated.
He added, “The losers here are the people but they could be the biggest winners if we aim for the common good that after this battle that is going on there, we can convert Marawi and Lake Lanao and all the other areas around Lake Lanao, like some cities in Europe and other parts of the world, as tourism attractions.”
Gordon is about to file a invoice which seeks the creation of a Lake Lanao Development Authority to undertake the event and promotion of the lake and its surrounding areas as tourism sights, like Lake Tahoe within the United States and Lake Geneva in Europe, amongst others, that are main tourist sights.
He stated that a tourism growth plan ought to be made capitalizing on the great thing about Lake Lanao and its surrounding areas and make them comparable to different cities on the planet constructed round lakes.
“I have already proposed this before. Ngayon, we will include the train system in Mindanao, the development of the highways, and the construction of new airports para maging mas accessible ang Lake Lanao for tourists,” he stated.
“Ang ganda-ganda ng view sa taas ng Lake Lanao, then near it is Maria Cristina Falls. We can have yacht clubs and boating around the lake. This can become a major tourism destination once it is developed and promoted properly,” Gordon stated.
The former tourism secretary stated roads ought to be widened and repaired to guarantee protected and handy journey. The residents might additionally open B & Bs (Bed & Breakfast), canteens or promote native delicacies or memento gadgets. This will promote a tradition of tourism among the many folks there.
“A strong tourism industry will not only help in Marawi’s rehabilitation, it will also bring economic development not only to Marawi but also to the whole of Mindanao,” he stated.