Tourism-oriented businesses double in 2020

TOURISM-ORIENTED businesses in Iloilo City doubled this year, compared to the previous three-year period.

A total of 3,025 accredited establishments were recorded in 2020 and translated to some P2-million in tax collections, said City Tourism and Development Office (CTDO) head Junel Ann Divinagracia.

She noted 1,460 establishments generated P1.02-million tax collections in 2017; 1,528 establishments with P933,000 in taxes in 2018; and 1,487 establishments with P1.2-million tax collected in 2019.

CTDO initiated in January the setting up of a desk during business permit processing dedicated to tourism license registration to encourage applicants to secure the same.

Likewise, CTDO has been involved in the Joint Inspection Team to monitor compliance of registered establishments.

This is provided under the Tourism Code of Iloilo City declaring sustainable tourism as an essential means to spur investment, employment, and growth towards development and to inculcate an enhanced sense of heritage, culture, and pride for all the Ilonggos. (PIO)


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