THE Department of Tourism (DOT) on Friday, 18 August, inaugurated the Tourist Rest Area (TRA) in the Island Garden City of Samal (IGaCoS), one of Davao del Norte’s tourism gems.
Consistent with the TRAs earlier completed by the DOT and its infrastructure arm, the Tourism Infrastructure and Enterprise Zone Authority (TIEZA), this tourist facility in IGaCoS is equipped with free-to-use and traveler-friendly amenities such as clean restrooms, charging station, lounge area, and a lactation room for breastfeeding mothers.
The TRA also features a tourist information area and a pasalubong (souvenir) center for buying local crafts and products, making it a one-stop-shop for travelers who will be exploring the enchanting island destination.
Tourists can now conveniently access the DOT TRA in two other locations, namely: Medellin, Cebu and Manolo Fortich, Bukidnon.
Other TRAs that will soon be completed and inaugurated include Baguio City; Dauis town in Bohol; Pagudpud in Ilocos Norte; the municipalities of Carcar, Carmen, and Moalboal in Cebu; as well as Roxas in Palawan.
In addition to the DOT’s initial roster of ten TRAs, Tourism Secretary Christina Garcia Frasco announced the Department’s intention to establish 15 more TRAs across the country in the coming months.