TAGBILARAN CITY – The Department of Tourism (DOT) region 7 bared that Bohol posted 334,899 tourist arrivals during January-September 2014 period as published in the Freeman, Cebu City. It’s still behind from Negros Oriental that received 381,204 tourists during the same period. Cebu’s 2,083,046 tourists is the biggest among the region’s four provinces. Siquijor had 31,619 visitors, DOT said.
DOT-7 said, “it is expecting an average of 252,260 tourist arrivals in the region for the December period.” During the same period, the arrivals account for domestic tourists “1,696,670 posting a 4.45 percent growth rate while foreign arrivals increased to 1,124,854 having a growth of 7.58 percent,” DOT said in the report. It was not, however, shown how many local or foreign visitors arrived in Bohol, Negros Oriental and Siquijor provinces.
The tourism agency said that Korea still is top tourism market. It recorded 434,141 Koreans who visited the region during the same period from 422,927 last year. Other tourist markets during the same period are Japan, USA, China, Australia, United Kingdom, Germany, Canada, France and Singapore, DOT said. DOT-7 said that an average of 252,260 arrivals in the region wee expected for Christmas season.
Bohol tourism players are upbeat that tourism here will bounce back despite the series of calamities that somehow drive away tourist, a tourist operator said. He said that at the height of “Seniang” that devastated some town were underwater last week, tourists still keep coming in Bohol. He said in jest that what happened in Seniang is some sort of attraction by some foreign tourists who drove their own motorcycles in Bohol.
Meanwhile, data in tourism showed that roughly 400,090 tourists who visited Bohol in 2013, Bohol Tourism Office (BTO) said. For the month of January 2014, a total of more than 25,000 visited Bohol though this may be less than the 29,000 plus in the same period of 2012, BTO said.
The month of May (2013) registered the highest, 50,339 visitors but obviously downed during October with only 15,772 when tremor hit the province.
The count jumps to 18,355 and 26,475 in November and December 2013, respectively. The month of April counts with a total of 49,583; January –29,480; February –35,392; March –38,559; June –37,153; July –34,003; August –33,676; and September –31,304.
Domestic visitors still account the biggest with a total of 221,960 (146,866 via air and 75,094- sea transportation during the year. The Asians registered the highest with 115, 928 (via air and sea) along with Europeans, 34,097 and Americans, 28,105.
The tourism boom was felt when some 641,614 visitors arrived here in 2012, the highest so far in five or so years. It registered a total of 539,755 in 2011; 532,061 in 2010; 461,181 in 2009; 567,174 in 2008; and 531,811 in 2007; and 418,030 in 2006.