Baguio tourist ar­rivals up

Sun.Star Baguio - - FRONT PAGE - Aileen Re­fuerzo

THE SUM­MER Cap­i­tal en­joyed a 13 per­cent in­crease in tourist ar­rivals from Jan­uary to Septem­ber this year, ac­cord­ing to the third quar­ter tourism sta­tis­tics re­port of the City Tourism and Spe­cial Events Of­fice.

Ac­cord­ing to the re­port re­leased by City Ad­min­is­tra­tor Car­los

Cani­lao and act­ing city tourism and spe­cial events op­er­a­tions of­fi­cer Jose Maria Rivera, a to­tal of 1,013, 704 tourists have vis­ited the city from Jan­uary to Septem­ber this year.

The fig­ure is higher by 115,100 or a 12.81 per­cent in­crease of tourist ar­rivals as com­pared to the date for the same pe­riod in 2016.

The re­port was based on the data sup­plied by the var­i­ous ac­com­mo­da­tion es­tab­lish­ments in the city in­clud­ing ho­tels, re­sorts, apartelles, pen­sion houses, tourism inns and other li­censed and un­ac­cred­ited es­tab­lish­ments all over the city. It does not in­clude data from al­ter­na­tive es­tab­lish­ments like home stay fa­cil­i­ties or tran­sient homes, ser­viced apart­ments, dor­mi­to­ries and pri­vate homes.

Based on the data, the big­gest in­crease was posted in the months of Jan­uary and Fe­bru­ary which chalked up 33.25 per­cent and 23.59 per­cent in­crease, re­spec­tively.

April and May re­mained to be the peak months for tourists with 143,966 and 133,343 ar­rivals re­spec­tively fol­lowed closely by Jan­uary with 132,293 and Fe­bru­ary with 129,233.

Ma­jor­ity of the tourists are Philip­pine res­i­dents (977,499) and rest for­eign­ers and Over­seas Filipino Work­ers.

Among the for­eign­ers, Amer­i­cans were the top pa­trons fol­lowed by Kore­ans, Chi­nese, Ja­panese, Sin­ga­pore­ans, Cana­di­ans and Aus­tralians with a num­ber com­ing from Saudi Ara­bia, United King­dom and United Arab Emi­rates.

Based on the re­port the av­er­age oc­cu­pancy rate was 40.36 per­cent for the said pe­riod with the vis­i­tors hav­ing an av­er­age length of stay of 1.52 days.

For said pe­riod, the city hosted a to­tal of 1,977 con­fer­ences, 1,725 of which are re­gional in scope with a to­tal of 746,129 par­tic­i­pants.

Ac­cord­ing to the CT­SEO, some of the fac­tors which af­fected this year’s tourist ar­rivals were the mora­to­rium on field trips as is­sued by the De­part­ment of Ed­u­ca­tion and the Com­mis­sion on Higher Ed­u­ca­tion fol­low­ing the tragic bus ac­ci­dent in­volv­ing col­lege stu­dents in Tanay, Rizal, the al­leged Na­tional Peo­ple’s Army at­tack to nearby mu­nic­i­pal­ity, car ac­ci­dents and land­slides along ma­jor routes go­ing to the city.

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