BnB LISTING. The Provincial Tourism Unit in Negros Oriental is pushing for a master list of bed-and-breakfast (BnB) accommodations as tourism picks up in the province with the easing of borders. BnBs provide a less expensive accommodation option, such as those visiting Apo Island (shown in photo) for a short stay. (Photo courtesy of Provincial Tourism Officer Myla Mae Abellana)

DUMAGUETE CITY – The head of the Provincial Tourism Unit (PTU) of Negros Oriental is seeking to have a proper listing of bed and breakfast operators in the province for proper coordination now that tourists are returning with the easing of coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) quarantine restrictions.

Provincial Tourism Officer Myla Mae Abellana on Wednesday said there is no complete and formal listing of BnB operators in the province, except that her office would only know of their existence by word of mouth or through social media and other platforms.

“We would like to touch base with these people as we receive many inquiries for accommodation options other than hotels and resorts,” Abellana said in mixed English and Cebuano.

She said they could not give proper answers or recommendations to the inquiries to avoid mistakes or giving wrong information.

“We do not even know the exact number of BnB operators here and where they are located,” she said.

Abellana said some of the BnB operators may just be operating on their own, or are registered with the company known as Air BnB, which is known worldwide.

Having them registered with the PTU or the local government units (LGUs) in Negros Oriental will formalize the sector and reassure clients of concerns such as safety, among others.

She said she is also unaware whether these BnB operators are required to secure a business permit from the LGUs.

Abellana said they are supporting BnBs especially as this accommodation type provides less expensive options to travelers, such as those visiting Apo Island, and an opportunity to bond with the hosts for exposure to local living. (PNA)