San Vi­cente eyes 10M tourists in 25 years

Palawan News - - FRONT PAGE - By Rachel Ganan­cial Cor­re­spon­dent

San Vi­cente is tar­get­ing 10 mil­lion tourists to visit it be­fore 2044, a mu­nic­i­pal of­fi­cial told Palawan News.

“Sa master plan namin, aabot tayo ng 10 mil­lion tourist ar­rival for San Vi- cente alone in the year 2044 [and] that is if ev­ery­thing that’s laid out in the master plan will be strictly fol­lowed. Kung la­hat ng in­vestors din na kasama sa pag­pa­plano will also de­velop their re­spec­tive prop­er­ties based on the plan,” mu­nic­i­pal ad­min­is­tra­tor James Inawasan said.

Inawasan cited the in­crease in tourist ar­rivals in San Vi­cente com­pared to their ini­tial pro­jec­tion.

The hike in tourist ar­rivals, he said, is due to re­cent devel­op­ments in the tourism in­dus­try in the Philip­pines.

“Be­cause of the re­cent devel­op­ments in the tourism in­dus­try in the Philip­pines like the clo­sure in Bo­ra­cay, ad­di­tional flights for Puerto Princesa, some prob­lems with El Nido and Coron, nagka­roon sig­uro ng spill over ng tourists,” he pointed out.

San Vi­cente is pop­u­lar be­cause of Port Bar­ton which takes 80 per­cent of its to­tal tourist ar­rivals.

Inawasan also added that if their town be­comes fully de­vel­oped, there is a higher chance of re­tain­ing tourists to stay more than one day.

“But even­tu­ally, once na na-de­velop na ta­laga ang San Vi­cente, nandiyan na ang mga re­sort, we will have a higher chance of re­tain­ing the tourists in­stead of them go­ing to other parts of Palawan,” he said.

Mu­nic­i­pal tourism of­fi­cer Lucy­lyn Panagsagan said from Jan­uary to Au­gust 2018, San Vi­cente has al­ready recorded 25,630 tourist ar­rivals com­pared to the same pe­riod in 2017 which only had 26,677.

She said they are still await­ing the num­bers for the last quar­ter of the year, which they ex­pect to be about 40,000.

“Sa ngayon pa lang nararam­daman na namin na magi-in­crease ta­laga ‘ yong tourist ar­rival. Di ba mga nasa 90 per­cent na so mean­ing hang­gang Au­gust pa lang, apat na buwan pa to go. Ang pro­jec­tion namin for 2020 is 50,000 and low pro­jec­tion pa yon. Sa 2019 baka ma-meet na namin ‘yong pro­jec­tion ng 2020,” Panagsagan said.

San Vi­cente’s tar­get tourist ar­rival for 2021 is 50,000 based on the tourism master plan, she said.

Lio Re­sort rep­re­sen­ta­tive dis­cusses tourism dig­i­tal­iza­tion dur­ing the Us­apang Turismo in San Vi­cente town.

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