CEBU NEEDS to have more internationally-accredited hospitals and wellness-oriented hotels and resorts to cash in on the $22-billion medical and wellness industry, a tourism official said. Roberto P. Alabado III, director for medical and wellness tourism, said the Department of Tourism (DoT) is now looking at relaunching the Philippines as a wellness destination, with Cebu as one of the major destinations. “We are looking Cebu as one of the potential destinations for wellness tourism,” he said during the Tourism Innovation Forum last week. “The more internationally accredited facilities (in Cebu), the better,” Mr. Alabado said. Cebu’s resorts and hotels should also invest in wellness products and services, he added. “Your hotels and resorts must offer healthy food options, especially that vegan or vegetarian people are increasing,” he said, adding they must also expand from offering plain massage service to treatment packages. Mr. Alabado believes Cebu already has the skilled human resources needed for medical and wellness tourism. — The Freeman