In an effort to attract more tourists to the Philippines, a major tourist attraction in the country’s northernmost province of Pampanga is now offering special tours of the tourist attractions in the region, including the Padang.
The Padang is one of the world’s most popular tourist destinations, but the local tourist bureau says the area has a “significant” lack of local guides.
Padang tourist guides are paid to guide visitors to the local attractions, but some of the guides are now being paid to work as guides themselves, the tourism bureau said in a statement posted on its website on Monday.
A number of the local guides, including an executive director of a local tourism bureau, have been paid to perform tourist tours in Pampang, the statement said.
The government of the Philippines has not yet responded to a request for comment.
Tourism is booming in the northern Philippines, with more than half of the population now visiting the country, the Philippines Tourism Authority said in its 2016 tourism report.
But the area also has a significant shortage of local guide guides, and some locals say that many guides are working for the Philippine government to get a commission.
The government has said that the issue of local tourism guides has been “under consideration” for more than a year.
In April, the Tourism and Travel Board of the Pampangan province agreed to create a local government tourism agency.
The agency will include a group of local people who will work to guide tourists to local attractions and provide tips on how to reach the localities.