DOT wants more ‘lures’ in Philippine tourist spots

  • The Department of Tourism wants more ‘lures’ in tourist destinations in the Philippines
  • Lures are designed to attract nearby Pokemons to the PokeStop
  • DOT said Pokemon GO is doing what the department is trying to do, encouraging people to  explore the community

The Department of Tourism (DOT) wants more “lures” in tourist destinations in the Philippines and is now planning to ask  Pokémon GO game developers to help them.

“Right now, we are contemplating to check if they can put more lures in some tourism spots that are safe for players (Pokemon trainers) to walk around… We heard that we only need to send them (game developers) an email. We heard some countries have done it already,” Tourism Media Director Ina Zara Loyola said in an exclusive interview with Manila Bulletin reporter Charina Clarisse Echaluce.

Lures are designed to attract nearby Pokemons to the PokeStop. Hence, it will be easier for players to catch Pokemons in places which have lures.

Among the places they want to have more “lures” are Intramuros, Rizal Park, and Nayong Pilipino.

“You see, not all the people in Manila go to Luneta,” Loyola pointed out.

The DOT official said Pokemon GO is doing what the agency is trying to do.

“Pokemon GO is doing what the tourism department is trying to do and that is to encourage people to get off the couch and explore the community. Some do not know that there is a church near their condo, for instance,” she noted.

Pokemon GO

Pokemon GO is built on Niantic’s Real World Gaming Platform and uses real locations to encourage players to search for Pokemons in the real world.

“Pokemon GO allows you to find and catch more than a hundred species of Pokemon as you explore your surroundings. The Pokemon video game series has used real-world locations such as the Hokkaido and Kanto regions of Japan, New York, and Paris as inspiration for the fantasy settings in which its games take place. In Pokémon GO, the real world will be the setting!” it was stated on Pokemon’s website.

It was also noted that as a Pokemon trainer moves around, his smartphone will vibrate — a sign that he is near a Pokémon.

Pokemon GO was launched in the Philippines last August 6, 2016.

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