Issue of December 31, 2017
Mt. Province

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DOT expects 1M tourists end of 2017
by PNA

The Department of Tourism in the Cordillera said Baguio could reach the 1.4-million tourist arrival mark by the end of December.

DOT Regional Director Marie Venus Tan said as early as September, the city already breached the one-million tourist arrival target for 2017.

The tourist arrivals could further increase as Baguio becomes more accessible to Metro Manila.

Travel time from Manila to Baguio and vice versa is now only 3.5 hours, from the previous 4.5 to five hours, via the Tarlac-Pangasinan-La Union Expressway which connects the central and northern Luzon provinces to Manila via the Subic-Clark-Tarlac Expressway and the North Luzon Expressway.

Tan also said that with the holding of the Baguio Flower Festival in February and the Philippine Military Academy alumni homecoming and graduation on the same month, tourist arrival is expected to increase.

Mayor Mauricio Domogan confirmed the DOT’s statement, saying that Baguio has proposed a P2 billion budget for 2018, which it would be able to get from business taxes of tourism-related establishments.

“The city is getting its share in tourism arrivals. This tells us the importance of tourism.”

He noted of the many conference organizations, offices and networks with big number of participants being held in Baguio, not just during the peak of tourism season but all year round.

The heavy traffic being experienced in the city is another proof of the skyrocketing number of arrivals, the reason the local government is prioritizing the rehabilitation of barangay or village roads which are being eyed as alternative roads inside the city.

Meanwhile, the Bureau of Internal Revenue in the Cordillera also reported high collection of taxes from the business sector, particularly from tourism-related establishments, which it attributes to the good revenue derived by the robust industry.

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