Major stakeholders of the country’s sports and tourism industries awarded to Dumaguete City the distinction as the LGU Sports Organizer of the Year and Runner up as Sports Tourism Destination of the Year in the Philippines (after Subic Freeport).
The 2nd Sports Tourism Awards, sponsored by the Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation, SELRAHCO Management and Consultancy Services, Plan Bravo Primetime Group and Sports Tourism Forum founded by Charles Lim, that was held at Savoy Hotel Manila, Wednesday, celebrates the synergy of sports and tourism to promote economic activity not only in Mega Manila but also in the countryside.
Mayor Felipe Antonio Remollo leads the City contingent to the awards night with Councilors Manuel Arbon, Karissa Tolentino Maxino, Michael Bandal, Assistant City Administrator Dr. Dinno Depositario, City Tourism Officer Jacqueline Veloso Antonio and City Sports Coordinator Ike Xavier Villaflores.
The Sports Tourism Awards is given to different entities and agencies in recognition to their creative, innovative and professional organizations engaged in promoting tourism through sports.
Other awardees included Hotel of the Year: Shangri-la Mactan and Resort Spa, Event Sponsorship of the Year: Century Tuna Ironman, Charity Event of the Year: Fund Life National Sports Association of the Year: Philippine Football Federation and Philippine Football League, Destination Marketing of the Year: Cebu Pacific-Siargao; Domestic Event of the Year: Visit Davao Fun Sale, International Event of the Year: Ironman 70.3 Asia Pacific Championship, Airline of the Year: Philippine Airlines; Private Organizer of the Year: SunRize Events and Destination of the Year: Subic Freeport (Dumaguete City is a runner-up).
Dumaguete City was the clear winner in the race for the Sports Tourism Organizer of the Year with a series of successful hosting of major national, international and local sports events, among them: National University Games (3 straight years), Dumaguete Dragon Boat Race (regional and international), Little League (Baseball, softball) Philippine and Visayas region series, International Handball Tournament, Children’s Games, Batang Pinoy (Visayas Leg), Regional Meet, Dumaguete Triathlon (Regional) and Beach Volleyball Republic.
The city has been selected as host of the Central Visayas Regional Athletics Association Meet, Private School Athletic Association Meet and the exhibition game between Ateneo and La Salle slated on February 2019.