Tourist arrivals in CAR increase

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Tuesday, August 26, 2014


TOURIST arrivals in the Cordillera Administrative Region increased.

The Philippine Statistics Authority-National Statistical Coordination Board reported tourist arrivals in the region shoot to 1,114,440 travelers in 2013 from 907,830 in 2012.

This was based from reports of Department of Tourism-Cordillera Administrative Region. The total, however, does not include the province of Abra because no data was obtained for 2013.

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Although there was a decline in overseas Filipino workers or balikbayans visiting the region by 18 percent, it was offset by the 22 percent and 33 percent growth of visits from domestic and foreign visitors, correspondingly.

The upsurge was mainly attributed to the spread of domestic visitors at 90.5 percent.

Mt. Province had the fastest growth rate in the region at 70.1 percent.
The increase was due to the increase in domestic arrivals at 73.7 percent or 45,944 tourists from 26,456 in 2012. There was also a growth in foreign arrivals at 58.8 percent or 13,432 tourists from 8,456 in 2012.

Although there was a growth in tourism in terms of tourist arrivals in the whole region, Kalinga and Benguet had a decline by 1.9 percent and 32.9 percent, respectively.

Kalinga's total decline was because of the decrease in foreign travelers while Benguet has lesser domestic tourists.

Moreover, Baguio City still had the most tourist arrivals with 75.7 of the regional total or a number of 843,473 visitors from 617,079 visitors in 2012.

Despite the decline in the total tourist arrivals, Benguet followed with 9.4 percent share in tourist arrivals or a total of 105,052 visitors in 2013.

Foreign visitors which mostly contributed in the region's tourism were travelers from South Korea, United States, France, Germany, Japan and Canada.

Published in the Sun.Star Baguio newspaper on August 27, 2014.

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