TUGUEGARAO CITY, Cagayan, Oct. 11 (PIA) - - Cagayan province remains to be the top tourist destination in Cagayan Valley Region, Department of Tourism (DOT) reported.
Regional Director Virgilio Maguigad said based on the latest tourist arrivals recorded among provinces and cities, Cagayan recorded 434, 464 influx of tourists in 2017 followed by Santiago City with 167, 353; Tuguegarao City with 134, 117; then Nueva Vizcaya with 132, 426.
Among the towns, Sta Ana and Piat of Cagayan province were the most visited areas in the whole region.
"Tourists who visited for the first time exceeded one million last year and we also have visitor receipts of P7.6 billion in 2017, an increase of 5.88 percent over 2016 data," Maguigad said.
According to Maguigad, there were 1.036 million tourists who visited the mainland Cagayan Valley Region last year in which 744, 819 were domestic tourists while 292, 144 were foreign visitors.
He also said there are 544 hotels, homestays, and resorts in the region of which 159 are accredited by DOT. There are two hotels and resorts that are rated 3-star, nine 2-star, and eight 1-star.
He also urged other tourism facilities to apply for accreditation to ensure that they will give the best accommodation and other services to the tourists.
For Batanes province, Maguigad said the island province registered 30, 844 tourists and it is rapidly increasing annually.
"But the province is regulating the influx of their tourists so as to ensure that they can accommodate all of the tourists coming in their area," Maguigagad.
He said Batanes, which is a very small island, have a very few hotel and homestays. They also need to ensure that the environment and the tourist sites will not be compromised by the daily influx of tourists. (MDCT/OTB/PIA 2-Cagayan)