After a sudden unexpected influx of tourists over the long weekend, local government officials and stakeholders from the private sector have decided to create new guidelines and rules for those visiting Sagada this holiday season.
Since closing the popular tourist destination is not an option, the implementation of these policies will help in minimizing the negative impact of tourism in the town.
Here are the new rules in Sagada that visitors have to know:
According to reports, the Mountain Province welcomed over 4,000 visitors during the long weekend. This resulted to an EDSA-style gridlock that went viral over Facebook, and prompted Tourism Undersecretary, Arturo Boncato, to give the Sagada mayor a call.
The new rules indicate that tours in and around Sagada are only allowed to be ran by local guides and registered associations namely:
All tour groups, travel agencies, and solo travelers will now be required to register for tours at the Tourism Information Office. To date, there are only 800 certified tour guides and six tour associations in town. Each tour guide is limited to a maximum of 10 guests per destination.
To avoid a repeat of the standstill traffic, new guidelines on transportation and traffic were also added.
Private vehicles are no longer permitted to go to and from tour sites, only registered public transport vehicles will be allowed.
Tourists are now obligated to leave their cars in their hotel parking lot or in a pay parking area throughout their stay.
This rule will encourage guests to explore the picturesque mountain town by foot and appreciate its beauty the best way possible.
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In order to keep Sagada a responsible tourism destination, all visitors are encouraged to bring their own refillable bottles and tumblers, disposable water bottles will not be sold. Designated disposal areas are strategically placed around the area to ensure a cleaner and greener Sagada.
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