The United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) declared recently the Bojo River in the town of Aloguinsan, Cebu as one of the 44 Best Tourism Villages in the world.
According to Bojo River eco-tourism project official Boboi Costas, the declaration was made in Madrid, Spain.
“Out of the three in the Philippines,only Bojo made it to the top 44,” Costas said.
The two other nominees were Barangay Tenani in Paranas, Samar and one in Mindanao.
The search was launched in April this year and only countries, not individuals can nominate the villages. The nominated villages have to pass nine areas of evaluation which include cultural and natural resources; promotion and conservation of cultural resources; economic, social and environmental sustainability; tourism potential and development and value chain integration;
governance and prioritization of tourism; infrastructure and connectivity, health, safety and security.
“All of them stand out for their natural and cultural resources, as well as for their innovative and transformative actions and commitment to the development of tourism in line with the Sustainable Development Goals,” the UNWTO said.
Costas, meantime, disclosed that the sustainability commitment was one of the factors that made Barangay Bojo in Aloguinsan, Cebu stand out from the rest of the villages in the Philippines.