Cagayan de Oro got a high occupancy rate of 88.02% in 2008, according to Regional Director Catalino E. Chan III of the Department of Tourism (DOT), Region 10. 

An average 62.04% occupancy rate in hotels and lodging houses have been noted in Northern Mindanao, last year, posting a 9.11% improvement over that of 2007.

A high occupancy rate of 88.02% was also noted in Gingoog City followed by Ozamiz, Tangub & Oroquieta Cities in Misamis Occidental, 70%, Iligan City and Tubod, Lanao del Norte, 58.02%, Camiguin, 50% and Malaybalay and Valencia Cities, Bukidnon, 34.16%.

As gateway of the region, Cagayan de Oro hosted most of the conventions and seminars, hence their high hotel occupancy rate, Regional Director Catalino E. Chan III of the Department of Tourism (DOT), Region 10, said.

“With this data, the private sector suppliers of hotels, restaurants, transport, etc. are now challenged to pool their resources together and make innovations with attractive packages to draw the spending capabilities of the market,” Chan also said.

Meanwhile, he said the continued support of the local government units, private sector and the regional line agencies will greatly help in further promoting the tourist destinations of the region.

Last year, a total of 1,041,382 tourists visited the region of which 994,897 were Filipino domestic tourists, 3,732 were Balikbayans while the rest were foreigners.

Chan said the most number of 6,590 foreign tourists came from USA, followed by the Koreans, 4,523, Japan, 4,101, China, 4,008, Germany, 2,033, Australia, 1,876, United Kingdom, 1,237, Hongkong, 1,158, Taiwan, 1,086, and Netherlands, 1,025.

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