[SPONSORED REPORTS] ‘Eco Tours’ offer tourists a chance to enjoy the natural beauty of the PhilippinesIn the post-corona era, "Eco Tour," which is a new form of tourism involving visiting natural areas, is expected to become a travel trend.
To deal with the new trend, the Philippines’ Department of Tourism (DOT) has been developing various nature-based tourism products and introduced “Farm Tour.” Tourists will be able to visit local farms in the Philippines through this package program and enjoy the beauty of nature. The DOT also signed a memorandum of understanding with the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations in the hopes of encouraging this tourism program.
A shelter for butterflies, Bohol Butterfly Farm
The Bohol Butterfly Farm, which was opened in 2006 to preserve butterflies in Bohol Island, provides a wonderful experience for many tourists. In this place, visitors are given an opportunity to see various species of butterflies. Local guides give information about the butterflies in both English and Korean which enhances the quality of the program as it makes it easier for a broader range of tourists to understand. Moreover, there is a special photo spot which lets tourists take pictures with butterfly wings
Milea Bee Farm
As Albert Einstein once said, “If the bee disappears from the surface of the earth, man would have no more than four years to live.” This quote clearly emphasizes the importance of honeybees and their contribution to the fruits and vegetables that we grow and harvest to eat. The Milea Honeybee Farm, located in Lipa City, is a place where you can be reminded of the major role that honeybees have in everyday life and experience a variety of cultivation processes. There are also a wide range of experiential activities on offer such as collecting honey, vanilla bean harvesting, organic vegetable cultivating and more. After enjoying these programs, visitors can taste many kinds of snacks and drinks made with honey which allow them to enjoy both an eco-tour and a gourmet tour at the same time.
From farm experience to accommodation, Costales Nature Farm
The Costales Nature Farm, located at the foothills of mystical Mount Banahaw in Majayjay Laguna, is an officially certified farm by the Department of Tourism and one of the best agricultural tourist destinations in the Philippines. Visitors can learn about Costales’ natural farm and sustainable organic farming. The farm also offers various workshop programs and hands-on activities including fishing and planting which makes it highly enjoyable for tourists traveling with their families. The farm has its own resort and serves special meals using organic vegetables.
"By combining agriculture with local tourism, we came up with a new tourism product called the ‘Farm Tour’ which will surely meet the needs of many tourists" said an official from DOT. “We hope people will consider the Philippines as the first destination to travel after the coronavirus disappears.”
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