DUMAGUETE CITY, July 24 (PIA) — Tourist arrivals in Dumaguete City increased for the first half of this year.
This after the city government recorded 214,045 tourist arrivals from January to June this year, higher by 87.3% from the same period last year.
A statement from the City Tourism Office reported that of the total number, foreign tourist arrivals peaked at 28,531 or 107.6 % during the first six months of the year.
On the other hand, local tourist arrivals reached 172,929 in the first half of 2013.
The month of March had the highest foreigner visits at 5,612.
Foreign tourists in Dumaguete City include Americans, Germans, Canadians, British, Australians, French, Chinese, Koreans, and Swiss.
Meanwhile, the month of April saw the highest number of local tourist visits due to the Palarong Pambansa which was hosted here.
City Tourism Officer Woodrow Maquiling Jr. said the increase in the tourist arrivals in Dumaguete City can be attributed to different factors especially the recent recognitions earned by the city from various organizations.
Dumaguete City has been a recipient of the Galing Pook Award for its effective implementation of city-wide septage management program.
It was also cited as one of the Top 10 New Wave Cities Award for the booming Business Processing Outsource (BPO) Industry here.
Aside from these, Maquiling also pointed to the efforts made by the city government to boost the tourism potential of Dumaguete to attract more foreign and local tourists.
“Not only the Negros tourism destination is more than likely to exceed the number of tourists visiting from abroad and meet the goal revenues, but the prospects for the next months are already pointing to further growth,” Maquiling said.