By Nestor L. Abrematea
San Jose, Northern Samar – New hotel facilities are being constructed in the province to keep up with the influx of local and foreign tourists bound for its fine beaches and other natural attractions.
Northern Samar Governor Gov. Jose L. Ong Jr. told Manila Bulletin he is happy that local businessmen have ventured into the hotel business.
Ong said a new hotel resort is now being built in the island town of San Antonio famous for its strip of pink beach.
He said they are still waiting for support from the Department of Tourism (DOT) in Manila in opening up Northern Samar to more tourists.
Ong is also inviting airline companies affected by the closure of Boracay in Aklan next week to divert their flights from Manila to Catarman.
Aside from the pink beach in San Antonio, Northern Samar also has the rock formations in Biri, the old Catholic churches in Capul island and in Palapag, and the oldest lighthouse in the country in Batag Island, Laoang.
Last year, more than 10,000 tourists visited the Biri rock formations.
Biri Mayor Antonio de los Reyes Jr. said three new hotels have been built on the island.