Baguio tourism upbeat despite spate of crime

DESPITE the recent spate of crimes in the Summer Capital, the Baguio City Tourism Office assured the tourism industry will not be affected.

The statement came after two cadavers were found in Burnham Park and in San Louis Village and the killing of a security guard while on duty at the city market.

City tourism acting supervising officer Jose Maria Rivera said the tourism industry is not affected showing the large volume of foreign and local tourists coming in the city.

“The past few days and every weekend, many of the hotels here are fully booked. We are now a weekend destination. This is due to the shorter time of travel from Manila since we have accessible roads,” Rivera said.
“Not only Baguio City is accessible but we have a good weather that’s why many people are going here. Baguio City is one of the prime destinations in the country,” added Rivera

The Baguio City Tourism Office has recorded at least 6,000 rooms from hotels in the city catering to many visitors across the globe. Excluded in this number are those offering transient houses and other accommodation establishments that are not accredited by the Department of Tourism.

According to Rivera, Burnham Park remains the top destination in the city including Mines View Park, Philippine Military Academy, Camp John Hay and the three areas such as Botanical Garden, Wright Park and the Mansion as one destination.

The city tourism official has yet to release the tourist arrival in the city for the first quarter of this year since they are still collating and validating some of their records from accredited accommodation establishments.

Rivera added the City Government in close coordination with the Baguio City Police Office and other volunteer groups are ensuring the peace, security and order in the city.

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