Berries, flowers lure tourists to Benguet
The strawberry farms of La Trinidad, the flower farms in Atok and the towering Mount Pulag in Kabayan are the most visited tourist sites in the province last year, according to the Provincial Tourism Office.
Provincial Tourism Operations Officer Eleazar Carias said during the meeting of the newly-organized Benguet Provincial Tourism Culture and the Arts Council that the three towns registered an increase in tourist arrivals.
La Trinidad’s strawberry fields is still a must see among tourists who also experience strawberry picking.
Tourism is also peaking in Atok with its flower plantations drawing tourists for its picturesque views. Aside from Northern Blossoms Flower Farm popular for its cabbage roses, Haight’s Place where sakura trees have been planted are starting to bloom.
Mount Pulag, the second highest peak in Luzon remains a favorite destination for adventurers.
Records of the Provincial Tourism Office showed though a slight decline of same day visitors in the province in 2019 with 1.663 million compared to the 1.689 million in 2018.
Carias said the devastation of Typhoon Ompong in 2018 contributed in the decline of visitors in Itogon – host town of Mt. Ulap and Mt. Ugo popular destinations for mountain climbing and trekking, so with Tublay known for its eco-tourism sites.
The closure of Kennon Road also affected tourist arrivals in Tuba. – Susan C. Aro