THE Provincial Government-run Mambukal Resort in Barangay Minoyan, Murcia, Negros Occidental, has earned P37.5 million in revenues from January to August 2015, 13 percent higher than its P33.1-million income in the same period last year.
Mambukal records showed that during summer, particularly from April to June, the resort acquired the highest revenues, at P7.3 million, P6.9 million, and P4.8 million, respectively.
Of the resort's amenities and services, the highest income came from entrance fee, P9.3 million; catering services, P8.4 million; and local government unit (LGU) cottages, P6.8 million.
In terms of number of visitors, the resort recorded 255,266 guests in the first eight months of the year, a 16.3 percent increase from 219,511 in the same period in 2014.
The highest number of visitors was again recorded from April to June, with 141,099. It comprises 55.3 percent of the total number of guests, 90 percent of which are local and domestic tourists and 10 percent, foreigners.
Records also said that in 2014, Mambukal has total revenue of P48.4 million with 302,888 guests.
Ellen Marie Jalandoni, resort manager and officer-in-charge of the Provincial Tourism Office, said Mambukal greatly contributes to the tourism industry of Negros Occidental.
"It has been a consistent top tourist destination in the province," she said.
Moreover, Jalandoni said they are now pushing for the establishment of additional accommodation facilities at Mambukal to cater to more visitors.
"It is hard to turn down visitors especially those coming from outside of the province," Jalandoni said, adding that as the "ber" months start and with the El Niño weather, "influx of visitors is really expected."
The resort has an elevation of 1, 200 feet surrounded by a lot of trees.
"Even with the development of the resort in terms of structures, we still maintain its natural attraction – the flora and fauna," Jalandoni said.