, Philippines - Tourists and other visitors to the John Hay Special Economic Zone are now given assurance of convenient and comfortable ride to move around , courtesy of a Quezon City-based tourism-oriented company.
The hop-on, hop-off exclusive transport facility was made possible through a memorandum of agreement (MOA) concluded recently between the John Hay Management Corp. (JHMC), implementing arm of the state-run Bases Conversion and Development Authority (BCDA), and the privately owned City Trails based in Kamuning, City.
JHMC president and CEO Dr. Jamie Eloise Agbayani welcomed the tie-up with City Trails, saying it puts John Hay closer to the reach of tourists and other visitors to Baguio.
“We are happy to be part of this exclusive service facility that makes John Hay a family-oriented facility extremely accessible to the visitors,” Agbayani said.
For his part, BCDA president and CEO Arnel Paciano Casanova said the hop-on, hop-off transport system introduced by City Trails bodes well for the tourism industry of Baguio as this will allow increased mobility of tourists around the summer capital.
The vans will operate from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Wednesdays to Sundays.
“The more accessible the area, the more tourists will visit and the more income for Baguio,” Casanova said.
The MOA will enable City Trails to put up a ticketing office and parking space within the Historical Core area in John Hay.
City Trails deploys specially designed vans which the tourists may take to go around Baguio. They may hop off in a certain place and enjoy what the city has to offer, then wait for the next City Trails van and hop on to go back to their respective hotels.
Under the agreement, City Trails would help promote Historical Core in particular, and John Hay in general, through its flyers, informative video materials in its vans’ televisions, and verbal announcements to the passengers.
Five new destinations - Woodcarver’s Village, Easter Weaving Room, Tam-awan Village, BenCab Museum, and the Lourdes Grotto – are now part of the new tour, now known as HERITAGE TOUR.
If one is looking for quality wood carvings, the Ifugao Wood Carvers’ Village or Itogon Wood Carvers’ Village is the place to go when in Baguio. High quality carvings from “sangilo” or ironwood and “kamagong” or mahogany are sold at the village at considerably lower prices than anywhere else in the city.
For native products and handicrafts made in the age-old Cordilleras way, the Easter Weaving Room is the place to be in Baguio City. Women weavers at their traditional upright looms industriously turn out a wide variety of woven tablemats, wall hangings, bed linens, “tapis” or wraparound skirt, ethnic textiles, bags, wallets, purses, baskets, footwear, rugs, fashion accessories, and many more.
In 1913, Filipino sculptor Isabelo Tampingco, known for his work at the Santo Domingo Church, San Ignacio Church, and the high relief statues of the old Congress building was commissioned to carve the Grotto’s more than life-size molave image of the Virgin.
Make Baguio your special unforgettable experience. Take the Highland Trails: Hop on, hop off HERITAGE and CITY TOURS--Fourteen historical and culture-rich places to visit all in one day, all for the price of one all-day pass. Baguio’s prime attractions -- for only P350.00 each tour.
Highland Trails: Hop on, hop off Tour operates from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., Wednesdays to Sundays. All-day passes, with complimentary Highland Trails wristbands, are available in Highland Trails Cabanas at specially designated stops.
“Highland trails: Hop on, hop off” is now in full swing. No less than Baguio City Mayor Mauricio Domogan and Vice Mayor Daniel Fariñas inaugurated the “Highland trails: Hop on, Hop off” initial run in ceremonies held last March 12, 2012 during the city hall’s Flag Raising ceremony. Mayor Domogan says, Highland Trails is a welcome boost to the city’s tourism industry. While City Tourism Officer Benny Alhambra expresses delight at the innovation saying it will bring more tourists from Manila and nearby provinces. These summer months, Alhambra expects tourist arrivals to go beyond the 1.2 million target.
TOURISTS on a tight schedule don’t have to miss Baguio City’s famous destinations.
City Trails Corporation’s “Highland trails: Hop on, hop off” Tour gets visitors to nine of the Summer Capital’s favorite sites and sights all in one day, all for the price of one all-day pass. Baguio’s prime attractions -- The Mansion, Mines View Park, Wright Park, the Botanical Garden, the Baguio Cathedral, Burnham Park, Camp John Hay, the Philippine Military Academy, and the Strawberry Farms in La Trinidad -- for only P350.
According to City Trails Corporation Vice-President for Operations, Joyce Cruz, “It’s a first of its kind day-tour in the country that is also designed to save tourists’ time and money. And, imagine touring Baguio and not worrying about getting directions, traffic gridlocks and finding safe places to park.”
Highland Trails: Hop on, hop off Tour of Baguio operates from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., Wednesdays to Sundays, with four comfortably-appointed vans servicing the entire city. While in the van, tourists can watch a video presentation introducing the sites included in the tour.
The Tour’s wristband-designed all-day passes are available in Highland Trails Cabanas at specially designated stops.
Tuesday, March 13, 2012
TOURISTS will now reach nine destinations in the Summer Capital simply by paying a day’s pass to ride vans going around the city.
“Imagine touring Baguio and not worrying about getting directions, traffic gridlocks and finding safe parking spaces,” City Trails Corporation vice president for operations Joyce Cruz said.
Dubbed as “Highland Trails: Hop on, hop off,” Cruz said they will provide an all-day pass to various scenic attractions: Mansion, Mines View, Wright Park, Botanical Garden, Baguio Cathedral, Burnham Park, Camp John Hay, Philippine Military Academy and Strawberry farms in La Trinidad for only P350.
Cruz claims this is a first of its kind day tour offered in the country that would save tourists time and money as they will just hop on the van with their all-day pass and explore attractions the city has to offer.
“We have noticed that Baguio is well-planned for tourists as all destinations are just near. But with problems on traffic and lack of parking spaces, we thought of ways to make traveling around the city easier with an estimate tour time from the fastest from two hours to the whole day,” Cruz said.
“Each van is equipped with a television unit, which will show originally produced informative video materials on each of the places on the route,” Cruz said.
Operating hours of Highland Trails are from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. from Wednesdays to Sundays with four vans servicing the entire city.
To avail of their service, she explained, tourists will have to buy tickets in designated stops marked by Highland Trails cabanas to be issued a wristband that will serve as day pass. Discounts for students and senior citizens apply.
Interested individuals who want to avail themselves of the day tours may access www. citytrailscorp.com or e-mail them at info@ citytrailscorp.com.
Mayor Mauricio Domogan during Monday’s flag raising program welcomed the arrival of Highland Trails as it will help boost the tourism industry.
City Tourism Officer Benny Alhambra expressed delight to the arrival of the new tourism product, which he claims will bring additional tourists coming from Manila and nearby provinces.
Alhambra claimed around 1.2 million tourists are targeted in terms of arrivals.
With the high influx of tourists from last month’s Panagbenga Festival up to the Holy Week, Alhambra expects to go beyond target arrivals by the end of the summer months.
He also said the city is not only frequented by tourists during the peak Summer months but also during long weekends.
Published in the Sun.Star Baguio newspaper on March 14, 2012.