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Eastern Visayas is promoting motorcycle tourism as a way to recruit motorcyclists.

TACLOBAN CITY, Philippines – Motorcycle tourism will be used by the Department of Tourism (DOT) and the Tourism Promotion Board (TPB) in Eastern Visayas to lure riders to explore local attractions.

The inaugural Eastern Visayas Infinite Road Trip route, the Leyte World War II Motorcycle Trail, will be introduced on June 18, according to DOT Regional Director Karina Rosa Tiopes.

“This route will take the riders to several World War II engagement sites where they will be able to enrich their education with stories from our past,” Tiopes said at a press conference.

The launch in the region is the country’s eighth. This is part of a tourism relaunch initiative aimed at reviving the local tourism economy, which was hit hard by the global pandemic.

“This activity invites motorcycle riders, locals, and visitors to visit tourism sites, participate in unique activities, sample heritage foods, and purchase locally created goods in locations accessible by motorcycle road trips. It also suggests that, in order to increase the enjoyment factor, road safety should be prioritized “Tiopes have been introduced.

MacArthur Landing Memorial National Park at Palo, Leyte; Sto. Nio Shrine, city hall, World War II Japanese Shrine, Leyte provincial government grounds, and San Juanico Bridge in Tacloban City are all included in the route.

Markers, graves, statues, monuments, municipal halls, churches, shrines, and other historic sites in Dagami, Burauen, Dulag, Tolosa, and Palo towns are also part of the trail.

200 members of the Federation of Eastern Visayas Motorcyclist Association will take part in the 12-hour fun ride (FEVMA).

FEVMA president Allan Tajarros stated that the organization is urging its members to publicize the route on social media in order to inspire more riders to participate in the motorcycle tour.

“This is a great exercise because not only will we push for food safety, but we will also showcase our historical landmarks.” Tajarros stated, “There are other plans to host such fun rides in Samar and other provinces in the region.”

The DOT and the TPB launched Philippine Motorcycle Tourism to promote the country’s tourism hotspots while also assisting local tour operators and companies in recovering from the pandemic’s effects.

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