Encouraged by the visit of nearly 800 Japanese tourists aboard a cruise ship last weekend, Iloilo City is now studying ways to improve its port to accommodate such vessels.
The Iloilo City government said it wants the city to become a cruise ship destination in the Western Visayas region.
Mayor Jose Espinosa III said he is working with the Philippine Ports Authority to see “if we can improve on the docking facility.”
He noted the Japanese tourists’ vessel had docked at the Loboc port in Lapuz, which is meant for cargo ships.
Also, Espinosa said they are studying putting up a terminal for cruise ships at Fort San Pedro, City Proper.
He said he hopes more cruise ships will arrive in Iloilo City.
Last Jan. 26 and 27, the MV Pacific Venus ferried almost 800 Japanese tourists who arrived to take part in the Dinagyang Festival.
Most of the Japanese tourists were senior citizens and person with disabilities.
They also toured the Molo Mansion in Molo district, Casa Mariquit, Jaro Cathedral in Jaro district, Esplanade, and Iloilo Business Park.