More conventions and conferences are coming to Cagayan de Oro as it became the newest adventure capital in the country, a local official said.

Vice Mayor Caesar Ian Acenas said the city has become a good business and tourism climate and emerged as the top 5 tourist destination in the country.

However, Mayor Vicente Emano said the city still needs to have at least 1,700 more hotel rooms to be able to host and be called convention city just like Manila and other big cities in the country.

“Kulang pa gyud kita og 2,300 ka mga hotel rooms aron makahimo kita pagdawat og dagkong conventions. But with the ongoing construction of condotels and other more coming hotel constructions, we will then be able to hold conventions,” Emano said during his weekly radio program.

Last month, more than 300,000 guests arrived in the city for the month long celebration of the city’s festival. Around eight to ten percent of the arrivals were foreign nationals.

“The data are only based from the big hotels in the city, excluding the small inns that were also reported to be fully booked for the entire month,” Acenas told The Daily Corridor in an interview.

Acenas said the city has not suffered much from the bloody hostage crisis in Manila that killed eight Hongkong nationals in Manila.

“So far, only 2 foreign nationals were reported to have cancelled their bookings in the city. Pero ato pang tan-awon ang rason sa ilang pag-cancel,” Acenas added.

According to Acenas 18,000 guests were recorded on the day of the fiesta celebration alone.

article by Abigail Chee Kee Malalis of The Daily Corridor

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