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Puerto Princesa tourist arrivals up 19 percent PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 23 January 2008

PUERTO PRINCESA - Puerto Princesa City got a big help from dolphins and whalesharks in 2007 in its desire to become the country’s premier eco-tourism destination after tourist arrivals increased by 19.07 percent compared to year 2006.

Figures released by the City Tourism Office showed 176,347 arrivals in 2007, or 28,241 higher than the previous year.

Local tourists still made up the bulk of arrivals consisting 154,387 or 87.55 percent while the rest comprised of foreigners from various countries. Local tourists increased by 18.4 percent while foreigners were up 23.96 percent.

Regular sightings of dolphins and whalesharks in Honda Bay last year led to the launching of Dolphin Watching Tour capped by the month of October’s highest arrival of 14,878.

Mayor Edward S. Hagedorn said the arrival of dolphins played a great role in attracting more tourists to the city, aside from other promotional activities.

“As we have been saying, this is the kind of development we want for the city and not the kind of extractive and destructive methods,” Hagedorn said, referring to the mining industry.

Hagedorn is vocal in expressing his strong opposition to the entry of mining in Puerto Princesa.

For 2008, the city is expecting more influx of tourists as it plays host to two premier sporting events — the Palarong Pambansa's MIMAROPA regional meet in March and the national meet set on April 20-28. (PNA)

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