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Why Cebu is a top tourist destination

Posted in Tourism, Travel, Visayas by Erineus on March 19, 2009

Cebu Daily News
First Posted 11:42:00 02/20/2009

Filed Under: Tourism & Leisure, Tourism, Travel & Commuting

GOOD image, flight accessibility and warm people are the top reasons why Cebu continues to be the top tourist destination in the country, a ranking official of the Department of Tourism (DOT) said.

DOT Undersecretary Phineas Alburo said on Wednesday that the Bureau of Immigration recorded a total of 397,355 international visitors directly arrived in Cebu in 2008.

This is equivalent to a six-percent growth compared to 374,047 international tourists in 2007.

“This tells us that indeed Cebu continues to attract tourists,” said Alburo.

“ Cebu has a wholesome, well-rounded image, which is good for honeymooners, families. It has all the ingredients for shopping, culture, heritage ,” he added.

Last year, a total of 3.14 million tourists visited the country. This represents 1.63 percent growth from last year’s 3.09 million arrival in 2007.

Direct flights from countries such as China, Singapore, Qatar and Malaysia, among others, greatly contribute to Cebu larger market share of this tourists, said Alburo.

He said there are 20 to 22 flights fly between Manila and Cebu daily apart from several provincial flights to destinations such as Bacolod, Aklan (Boracay), Davao and Cagayan de Oro.

“We still have direct flights to Narita and Osaka (Japan), Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia), Hong Kong, Singapore, Seoul (Korea) and Qatar. Flights from America and Europe landing in Manila can immediately go to Cebu.”

In a statement, DOT said joint tour programs of DOT and partner travel agents and airlines in China and Taiwan increased demand.

“Air connectivity between Cebu and the cities of Shanghai and Taipei with almost daily charter flights were established,” the DOT said.

Growth of Indian tourists visiting Cebu peak up as the DOT push for aggressive promotions on incentive travel, shopping and leisure holiday.

“Support of the private sector through familiarization trips and participation in travel fairs created more partnerships, sealed deals and greater collaboration in the market.” /Reporter Cris Evert B. Lato