Summer is for fun, for relaxation, for the beach, for tourists to visit destinations. While in Davao, one should never miss this island. Others really plan a trip to this island paradise in the South just like a group of young professionals composed of software engineers working in a multi-national company operating at the Global City in McKinley Hills, Taguig City composed of Jose, Pondey, Erika, Venessa, Camille and Bob who visited the place lately. They said they enjoyed not only the sea but the inland resorts as well, the spring, the waterfalls, the food and all about the island. The experience is what makes every visitor look forward that is why the number of tourists here continues to grow as seen by officials of the island’s city government where increase in arrivals is pegged at 30 percent this year. Below is my story on what Samal City expects this year …
Samal City expects 30% increase in number of visitors this year
ISLAND GARDEN CITY OF SAMAL, Davao del Norte, Feb. 18 (PNA) — The Island Garden City of Samal (IGaCoS) expects at least a 30-percent increase in the number of visitors this year compared to last year.
The city’s head of Investments and Tourism office, Jennifer D. Cariaga, told Davao business reporters in an interview that they expect more tourists, both domestic and foreign, to visit the island either for recreation or on business trip.
Cariaga reported that in 2013, the number of visitors was 425,916. Of this number, 267,632 were on day tour while 158,284 stayed overnight. Total visitors in 2012 only totaled 280,000.
Cariaga said this figure was only from those resorts that submitted report to their office.
The number could be more, she said, considering that out of the 79 registered resorts in the island, only 31 provided them with data.
“The figure could be over a million considering that less than half of the resort owners provided them with data,” she said.
Cariaga said they hope to generate more detailed data as they continuously dialogue with the resort owners to find ways on improving the system.
Meanwhile, she said they coordinate closely with other local government units on tourism-related activities especially that Samal City is being positioned as an important tourism destination.
Cariaga said the different resorts are fully booked during summer.
She also observed that tourist arrivals are high during Holy Week with the program they call “Oplan Semana Santa”.
There are religious activities spearheaded by the Catholic Church in the island during this period, she said.
Most visitors stay for two nights and three days, exploring the island through island hopping, diving, or snorkeling, she said.
Cariaga likewise noted that the city government, through other offices like the Philippine National Police (PNP) and the Philippine Army in coordination with resort owners, are intensifying their efforts to maintain peace and order. (PNA)
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