The relatively better peace and order condition in Northern Mindanao has continued to draw tourists to the region.
“This is proven by the number of foreign and domestic tourists that visited the region, last year,” Catalino E. Chan III, Regional Director of the Dept. of Tourism (DOT) region 10, said.
He said tourist arrivals increased from 1,041,362 in 2008 to 1,048,662 in 2009 or 0.7 percent, with the foreign and domestic tourists posting increases of 5 percent and 0.5 percent, respectively.
Tourists from Myanmar, Malaysia, Cambodia, Indonesia and Singapore topped the arrivals among the ASEAN countries with Korea posting the highest increase of 26.6 percent.
Likewise, tourist arrivals from Finland, Belgium, Austria, Norway and Sweden in the European cluster also posted remarkable improvement while arrival of “Balikbayans” posted a 67.2 percent increase.
Again, the Cagayan de Oro-Gingoog-Misamis Oriental cluster continued to be the most visited regional destinations posting a 35 percent share of the arrivals.
This was followed by the Ozamiz-Oroquieta-Tangub-Misamis Occidental with 30 percent, Camiguin, 25.53 percent, Iligan-Lanao del Norte, 8.5 percent and Bukidnon, 1.4 percent.
On the other hand, Chan said the region hosted a total of 4,644 events, last year, higher by 70.3 percent compared to 2,727 in 2008 with registered delegates of 452,144, higher by 80 percent compared to 251,659 in the previous year.
Of these events, 54 were international, 4,063 were local, 444 were regional and 83 were national events posting an increase in hotel occupancy rate of 2.3 percent.
by Rutchie Cabahug-Aguhob ofPIA-10