By Marchel P. Espina
Negros Occidental will have an Enchanted Kingdom soon.
This was confirmed yesterday by Board Member Patrick Lacson, who stressed that a recreation complex would be put up in Talisay City by summer of next year.
He said that Bacolodnons and Negrenses don’t have to travel to Manila anymore to enjoy the rides once the Enchanted Kingdom will be put up in the third district.
Lacson, chairman of the Sangguniang Panlalawigan Committee on Tourism, said that it would improve the tourism industry of the province, adding that it would generate jobs for the people.
More than 2,000 people would be hired, he said, emphasizing that it would increase the economic development of Negros Occidental, including the transport sector, hotels and restaurants.
He said that a group of private companies, which were invited by 3rd District Representative Alfredo Abelardo “Albee” Benitez, would invest in the recreation complex in Barangay 14, Talisay City.
He said that the land, where the Enchanted Kingdom will rise, is owned by the family of Interior and Local Government Secretary Mar Roxas.
Meanwhile, Lacson said that the province has enough tourist destinations, stressing that his objective is how to increase the number of visitors in Negros Occidental.
He said that the province has all the ingredients, including the natural destinations, parks, mountains, hotels and resorts, golf courses, white sand beaches, historical landmarks, popular festivals, good food and most especially the unique Negrense hospitality.
“It is important that the Negrenses should see the value of tourism and as to how it could improve our livelihood and our local economy,” he further stressed./WDJ