The month of April promises to be action packed, as Dumaguete City prepares to host a series of sports events that will lure more tourist-athletes and hordes of fans.
Mayor Felipe Antonio Remollo has partnered with several private institutions to host major tournaments this month.
Various softball and baseball teams will compete in the Little League Visayas Leg set to open this Sunday, to earn a spot in the Philippine Series or national finals that will determine which team will represent the Philippines in the international edition.
Meanwhile, the Dumaguete Dragon Boat Challenge on April 12-14 that will bring various teams from across the country such as Manila, Panay, Cebu, Davao, Cagayan de Oro, Tacloban and Bohol to compete along the shores of the Rizal Boulevard.
And if plans go well, the De La Salle University and University of the Philippines rivals in the University Athletics Association of the Philippines (UAAP) will face off in the most anticipated match at the Lamberto Macias Sports Complex along with local teams.
The Beach Volleyball on Tour in Dumaguete will be back with a bigger number teams from around the country, that will vie for top prizes in several matches at the Rizal Beach Courts.
Dumaguete City is now considered as an emerging sports tourism hub in the country having successfully hosted international, national and regional events that attracted hundreds of thousands of visitors and generated hundreds of millions in revenues benefiting the local economy.
The city has attracted athletes and tourists due the presence of quality facilities, affordable cost of living, conducive environment, strategic location and enthusiastic hometown crowd.
The Dumaguete City Tourism Office reports total visitor arrival of 706,689 for the year 2018, versus 615,861 for the year 2017 or 14.75% increase.
In a bid to increase security, the city government has constructed two police outposts in both ends of the Rizal Avenue, which is frequented by hundreds of locals and tourists.