HOMEGROWN resort Malagos Garden Resort noted an increase in visitors in recent months since they opened the Malagos Chocolate Museum, a resort executive said.
"Our average visitor count after the museum opening reached an average of 500 individuals in a month," said Malagos Garden Resort marketing coordinator Rhea Pañares during Habi at Kape media forum at the Abreeza-Ayala Mall on Wednesday, June 21.
Launched last March 8, 2017, the Chocolate Museum is the first of its kind in the country.
Pañares said another factor for the rise in guests is their Chocolate Spa services.
One can avail of their best-sellers which are the facials and foot rubs. However, the chocolate spa facility has yet to be established.
Their "Tree-to-Bar Cacao" Tour, Pañares said, also is among the top services availed by the guests.
"The Tree-to-Bar Cacao Tour showcases the process of making chocolate from the cacao tree to the chocolate bar," she added.
Pañares, however, said that presently with the security situation in Mindanao (Marawi crisis), although their day tour visitor count is still within usual, there has been a decrease in their functions and events.
Tourism has been one of the most affected sectors amid the ongoing chaos in Marawi City.
Malagos Garden Resort is located at Calinan-Baguio-Cadalian Road, Malagos, Baguio District and is open every day from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. (Christian Gerard Briones, UIC Intern/SunStar Davao)