CABUGAO, Ilocos Sur – A well-known foreign cruise ship docked at the coastline of the historic Salomague Port here for the second time to bring hundreds of foreign tourists to the province.
The M/S Caledonian Sky unloaded Australian and European tourists who were warmly welcomed by the local cultural performers of Ilocos Sur upon their arrival.
Ilocos Sur Gov. Ryan Luis V. Singson was elated over the return of the cruise ship to the province. “This development has shown the continuing boom of our local tourism industry,” Singson said.
Singson said the tourists first visited the bell tower and Nuestra Señora de La Caridad Church in Bantay and proceeded to nearby Vigan City. “Mainly, the foreign visitors spent much of their time at the prestigious Wonder City of Vigan. They visited the well-preserved centuries-old Spanish houses at Calle Crisologo, the different museums, which include the Syquia Mansion, National Museum, and the Crisologo Museum, and the century-old pottery making industry,” Singson said.
“The coming of our guests can help in advertising our unique tourist spots. They can tell their inimitable experiences in our place to their friends that may possibly lead to higher number of tourist arrivals for our province,” he added. (Freddie G. Lazaro)