By Macky Torrechilla

Sa tunga kang dya’ng pandemya, padayon ang mga lihuk kang industriya kang turismo sa probinsya. Kang Agosto 20, 2020, natukod ang Antique Association of Hotel, Resort and Restaurant Owners (AAHRRO), Inc., ang opisyal nga asosasyon kang mga tourism stakeholdders sa Antique.

“The first benefit [of organizing this association] is that we’ll have one voice as tourism stakeholders. That means that all of our concerns will be addressed in one venue. Second is, if there will be financial support, say through loans, it will directly benefit the organization. Third, we will have one advocacy for a better Antique and for sustainable tourism. We want to position Antique as a fruit basket through farm tourism. For the public, we will make sure that we will have world-class facility and world-class tourism facility, and by the time that the new normal or a vaccine would be created against COVID-19, Antique will now be a world-class destination,” hambal ni Flord Calawag, presidente kang AAHRRO.

Ang AAHRRO narehistro run sa SEC, kag may mga objectives nga amo ang masunod:

“1) Strengthen the alliance of all resort, hotel and restaurant owners, tour and travel operators, community-based tourism organizations, tourist transport groups and people’s organization related to tourism in Antique;

2) Encourage all tourism-related establishments to register for DOT-accreditation to provide quality service to all tourists;

3) Organize international, national or regional tourism-related events in every municipality in close partnership with DOT, DENR, academe and corporate sponsors;

4) To promote Antique’s natural, cultural, historical, literary and culinary tourism;

5) To provide local employment and opportunities to Antiqueños;

6) To recommend or request through the municipal or provincial tourism office all tourism-funded activities and infrastructure;

7) To encourage local investors to invest in Antique;

8.) To closely monitor resorts, hotels and restaurants on their adherence to waste management and disposals; and

9) To encourage all tourism stakeholders to apply for DENR foreshore lease and advocate for no-build zone in the easement zone.”

Sa diskusyon kang mga lihuk para sa sustainable tourism, nagsaad si Calawag: “We’re focusing on eco-tourism aside from farm tourism. Being an environment-friendly tourism establishment is very important, so, in order to monitor the adherence to waste water management and disposal, we, actually, encourage all members to be aware and be vigilant on their septic tank uses and solid waste management… and observance of no-build zone on foreshore and easement zones because at the end of the day, we want to have sustainable tourism.”

Ang AAHRRO naghiwat man kang eleksyon kang anda’ng mga opisyales, nga amo ang masunod:

President: Flord Nicson J. Calawag of Calawag Mountain Resort in TibiaoVice-President: Gigi Bautista of Pandan Beach Resort in PandanSecretary: Rey Hector Melgar of Adelaide Inn in San JoseAsst. Secretary: Atty. Hernalie Alagos of Angelo’s Beach Resort in CulasiTreasurer: Bernie Offenberger of Phaidon Beach Resort in PandanBoard of Trustees:

1. Joseph Eugene Alojipan of Enrique de Mararison

2. Jeff D Chefs Tugon of Anyas Burobanglid and Island Choice in Sebaste

3. Arvin Solis of Solis Suites in Culasi

4. Merlyn Bayombong Pomperada of Golden Salakot Hotel in San Jose

5. Romuel Escote Palacios of Romchie Noodle House in Culasi

6. Neil Turrecha-Huele and Stephen Louie Ramos Checa of Szkornik and Neil in Hamtic

7. Romeo Rana of Green Basket Ecofarm in Belison

8. Mario Ross of Rosepoint Beach Resort in Pandan

9. Thelma T. Palacios of Anna Sophie Hostel in Culasi

10. Daniele Orsini of Mammamia Italian Restaurant in TibiaoDugang pa ni Calawag, “until there’s a vaccine, it will be a struggle to the tourism industry so we just want to build a rapport to all our tourism stakeholders to focus on food production and farm tourism.”

Ang AAHRRO nagahiwat man kang logo design contest para sa anda’ng organisasyon. Sa mga luyag magpartisipar, mahimo mabisita ang post ni Flord Calawag para sa kompleto nga mekaniks kag detalye kang kompetisyon.

📸 Photo grabbed from Flord Calawag’s Facebook account