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International tourists arrive in Tacloban, commemorate Typhoon Yolanda anniversary

International tourists arrive in Tacloban, commemorate Typhoon Yolanda anniversary

Foreign tourists from the US, Australia, and Europe explore Tacloban, paying tribute to Typhoon Yolanda's 10th anniversary. (Photo courtesy of CIO Tacloban)

TACLOBAN CITY -  Tacloban City resonated with a warm "MABUHAY!" as approximately 73 foreign visitors and retired professionals from the US, Australia, and Europe arrived today to embark on a journey through the picturesque tourist spots of Eastern Visayas.

Arriving on the shores of Babatngon, Leyte, from the Australian Coral Adventure Cruise Ship, these eager travelers were greeted with open arms by the locals, who showcased their welcoming spirit through culturally enriched dance performances.

Leading the welcoming committee were Tacloban City Tourism Officer Malu Tabao, Tourism Director Karen Tiopes, and Toto Cinco from Tourism 8, all extending their hospitality to ensure the guests' memorable experience.

Recognizing the historical significance of their visit, as November 8 marks the 10th anniversary of Super Typhoon Yolanda's devastating impact on the city, the tourists commenced their exploration with a visit to the Yolanda mass grave at Holy Cross Cemetery in Brgy. Basper, paying their respects to the lives lost.

The tour continued with a visit to the iconic Sto. Niño Shrine, an emblematic structure holding a significant place in the city's history, before proceeding to another historical treasure, the Price Mansion, where they indulged in a sumptuous lunch.

The Australian visitors, led by Toto Cinco, were given insights into the historic structures, with the 1979-built Price Mansion leaving an indelible mark on their tour.

This international cruise passenger visit is poised to have a positive impact on the local economy and tourism industry. As the world gradually opens up after the pandemic, such visits offer hope for more international tourists to explore the captivating beauty of Tacloban and its surroundings.

The welcoming reception, orchestrated by Department of Tourism Regional Director Karen Tiopes and Tacloban City Tourism Operations Office OIC Malou Tabao, underscores the city's readiness to embrace and share its rich culture and history with the global community, fostering international goodwill and tourism. —iTacloban (Source: CIO)

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