BY GILBERT P. BAYORAN
The Mambukal Resort and Wildlife Sanctuary in Brgy. Minoyan, Murcia, Negros Occidental, is getting more visitors after it was re-opened on April 20, disclosed Provincial Administrator Atty. Rayfrando Diaz yesterday.
Diaz said the resort had almost 300 visitors on April 24, compared to an average of 100 guests in previous days.
Starting May 1, the resort will cater to overnight stays, he added.
The old rates are still being enforced by the provincial government of Negros Occidental for entrance fee and use of its facilities, pending approval by the Sangguniang Panlalawigan of the proposed increase in rates.
The proposed new entrance fee for adults is P120, from the previous P50; and P60 for children, from P20, which already includes the use of swimming and dipping pools.
Meanwhile, Provincial Tourism Officer Cheryl Decena reported that the tourism sector in Negros Occidental is now showing signs of recovery, two years after the COVID-19 pandemic started.
Majority of the tourism establishments are now in full operations, while others are slated to follow, as soon as they complete the training and retraining of their personnel in handling guests.
Decena also said they have noticed that a lot of cafes and small restaurants have popped up over the last two years.
This would further help generate employment among those who lost their jobs and livelihood during the pandemic, she added.*