'Banca' Cruise Trade Boosts Adventure Tourism in Cebu
OLANGO ISLAND, Mactan -- Adventure tourism enthusiasts can now enjoy more attractions in Cebu after a Cebuano entrepreneur ventured into the "banca" business (motorized pumpboats), capitalizing on the increasing demand for island-hopping on nearby islands here.
Jay Aldeguer, president and chief executive officer of The Islands Group, opened recently a new company called Islands Banca Cruises Corp. that provides decent transportation facilities that ferry tourists to different island destinations surrounding Cebu.
He said the "banca cruise" is in response to the growing popularity of adventure tourism being promoted by the Department of Tourism (DoT) with Cebu as a leisure destination in the south.
"Adventure tourism is picking up in Cebu. This 'banca cruise' will help enhance the attractiveness of the island making it more memorable for the tourists who come here," Aldeguer said in an interview last Tuesday.
"Island hopping and other sea-based activities are part of a leisure itinerary of a tourist especially when visiting Cebu because of the beaches and islands. I see the opportunity of providing a transportation facility through the 'banca' that offers good service and amenities," he said.
Because Cebu is one of the top diving destinations in Central Visayas, Aldeguer said, a "banca" ideal for island hopping is a viable small-scale business that will complement this kind of tourism. …