Presenter Bios (50 Words)

Dr. Alexis Fillone has more than 25 years of experience as a teacher in the field of transportation and currently mentors several Master and PhD students. He also has more than 20 years of experience in transport research focusing on travel behavior, urban transportation planning, and tourism planning.

Abstract (150 Words)

Most of the upland tourism sites in the Cordillera Region are either natural (e.g. waterfalls and caves) or man-made (e.g. rice terraces and hanging coffins). A significant number of tourists, both local and foreign, opt to bring their own private vehicles. With the flexibility afforded by bringing their own cars, tourists tend to disembark as near as possible to the tourist attraction. As a result, nearest town centers experience congestion. Vehicles are also observed to be parked at inappropriate and unsafe places such as open basketball courts, barangay plazas, and by the roadside. This study documents the existing travel characteristics and access behaviour of tourists in the towns of Sagada and Banaue in the Cordillera Region. The motivation of this paper is to propose a sustainable transport and accessibility plan of tourism sites in these towns to reduce the use of motor vehicles and minimize the carbon footprint of tourists.

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Planning for Sustainable Access of Upland Tourism Sites in the Cordillera Region, Philippines

Most of the upland tourism sites in the Cordillera Region are either natural (e.g. waterfalls and caves) or man-made (e.g. rice terraces and hanging coffins). A significant number of tourists, both local and foreign, opt to bring their own private vehicles. With the flexibility afforded by bringing their own cars, tourists tend to disembark as near as possible to the tourist attraction. As a result, nearest town centers experience congestion. Vehicles are also observed to be parked at inappropriate and unsafe places such as open basketball courts, barangay plazas, and by the roadside. This study documents the existing travel characteristics and access behaviour of tourists in the towns of Sagada and Banaue in the Cordillera Region. The motivation of this paper is to propose a sustainable transport and accessibility plan of tourism sites in these towns to reduce the use of motor vehicles and minimize the carbon footprint of tourists.