09 March 2015

Subic Bay Freeport tops tourist arrivals in Central Luzon

Subic Bay Freeport is Central Luzon's most visited tourist destination in 2014.

Department of Tourism (DOT) Regional Director Ronaldo Tiotuico, in a press statement, said "Subic Bay Freeport and Zambales was the most visited at 1.2 million arrivals followed by Clark Freeport, Pampanga and Angeles City- 621,000; Bataan- 199,000; Bulacan- 109,000; and Aurora- 108,000.”

DOT region III reported that tourist arrivals in Central Luzon rose to 21% in 2014 compared to 2013.

3.1 million domestic and foreign travellers went to the region last year compared to 2.7 million in 2013 based on monthly survey reports submitted by accommodation establishments.

Chinese topped the most number of foreign travelers in Central Luzon last year at 390,431 or 12.5% followed by Americans- 95,737 or 3.08%, Koreans- 55,692 or 1.8%, and Singaporeans- 31,200 or 1%.

Average occupancy rate for accommodation establishments in the region stood at 62% while length of stay for travellers was at 22 nights with over 1.2 available rooms during the year.

“The unprecedented increase can be attributed to the significant developments in Clark and Subic Bay Freeports along with the recent infrastructure improvement at the Clark International Airport which allows it to have the ability to welcome as high as four million passengers,” Tiotuico explained.

Also, the conduct of festival planning and management seminars for members of the Association of Tourism Officers of Central Luzon as well as the participation of DOT and government and private stakeholders in tourism and travel expositions in Makati, Cebu, and Davao were likewise named as contributory to the surge.

Source: http://news.pia.gov.ph/article/view/561425818418/tourist-arrivals-in-cl-up-by-21-