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Cagayan de Oro City and the Island of Camiguin made it to the top 14 tourist destinations in the country in 2009, according to the Department of Tourism.

Tourist arrivals in Cagayan de Oro last year increased to 10.44 percent to place 7th; Camiguin rose to 5.82 percent for 11th place.


Cebu is still the top tourist destination. The biggest growth rate in tourism was recorded in Camarines Sur at 117.2 percent. The province, known for its water sports, holds the second spot.

Perrenial destination Baguio City placed 4th but growth rate dropped (-5.50) percent.

Other tourist destinations which belong in the top 14 are: Davao City (2.17 percent), Boracay (2.41 percent), Zambales (4.79 percent), Bohol (10.91 percent), Puerto Princesa City (21.29 percent), Cagayan Valley (0.11 percent), Negros Oriental (8.67 percent) and Ilocos Norte (5.40 percent).

The list below is ranked according to the number of tourists who visited the city/province.

  1. Cebu
  2. Camarines Sur
  3. Metro Manila
  4. Baguio City
  5. Davao City
  6. Boracay Island
  7. Cagayan de Oro City
  8. Zambales
  9. Bohol
  10. Puerto Princesa City
  11. Camiguin
  12. Cagayan Valley
  13. Negros Oriental
  14. Ilocos Norte

Interestingly, both Cagayan de Oro and Camiguin were not even in the top 10 in the first 6 months of 2009.

  1. Camarines Sur
  2. Cebu
  3. Boracay Island
  4. Baguio City
  5. Davao City
  6. Puerto Galera
  7. Bohol
  8. Negros Occidental
  9. Negros Oriental
  10. Ilocos Norte
  11. Masbate
  12. Camarines Norte
  13. Puerto Princesa City
  14. Legaspi
  15. Catanduanes
  16. Sorsogon

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