Sports tourism seen as key driver of tourists in Quirino Province

The Provincial Tourism Office (PTO) in Quirino stated that a total of 266,623 local and foreign tourists toured the province in 2018 as per data collected from tourist attractions and accommodation establishments.

The figure is 61.28% greater compared to the 2017 data.

Based on the PTO’s accomplishment reports sent to PIA, the said number generated gross receipts close to half billion pesos or P492,076,000.00.

“The said amount was being enjoyed by our growing partners/stakeholders in the industry and believed to have immensely improved the quality of their lives,” Loida Acacio, project development officer said.

Among the top 5 favorites include Governor’s Rapids, Quirino Watersports Complex, Claredita Falls, Diamond cave and Aglipay Caves & Campsite.

The rise of tourist arrivals has been connected to the development of new tourism destinations specifically the Quirino Watersports Complex (QWC) in Cabarroguis and Claredita Falls in Aglipay and the development of roads leading to various tourist spots, a DOT-DPWH convergence project also known as the Tourism Road Infrastructure Program (TRIP).

Another factor was the intensification of a gathering of data from the source, a strategy applied by the tourism office to meet all point persons from data sources through a workshop in February 2018.

Through the seminar, the data gatherers were re-oriented on the method used for tourism data for purposes of arriving at tourism-specific policies for sustainable development, planning purposes and as a support for decision/policy making of the provincial/regional/national leaders.

One of Wow Pilipinas Partylist’s legislative priorities is the beautification of infrastructures and sports tourism. With increasing tourism developments, more jobs will be generated!

News source: Philippine Information Agency

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