For what it’s worth, Mindanao probably has the most beautiful places in the Philippines – a beauty shrouded with so much discrimination and fear.
Blessed with rich-biodiversity, exotic wilderness, and rousing cultural heritage, Mindanao has all the makings of a world-class destination. But the long-standing travel advisories restricting foreign visitors to take so much of a peep to this island region has discouraged even some Filipinos to travel down south.
Recently, though, several tourism-related promotions have stirred up enough awareness to attract domestic tourists and foreign visitors to visit to some provinces of Mindanao. Culture and adventure are the vital pegs for the tourism pitch in the region and these aspects will be the Department of Tourism’s (DoT) main thrust to increase tourist traffic to the area.
With the country’s participation in the Brunei, Indonesia, Malaysia, and Philippines – East ASEAN Growth Area or BIMP-EAGA, DoT is optimistic to promote Mindanao not only for tourism, but also for tourism investments.
Security issues, however, is still a big concern for tourism in any country. For this matter, DoT reiterated that except for a few isolated areas, peace and order in Mindanao is intact and ready for tourism.
On the other hand, the tourism development project, ‘Biyahe Ta Mindanao’ (Let’s Travel to Mindanao) aims to encourage Mindanaons to explore the potential tourism hubs in their own island and later become promoters of these destinations to the rest of the country and the world.