First Half of 2009 Tourist Destinations

Catanduanes made it to the top 15 tourist destinations in the Philippines with a whooping 115.0% growth rate in the first half of 2009 second only to Camarines Sur with 194.0%. Camarines Norte came in third with 63.9% and Legaspi with 10.9%, while Sorsogon and Masbate with negative growth of -14.0% and -7.5% respectively.
Destinations Foreign Domestic Total Change
Camarines Sur
147,504 754,698 202,202 194.0%
Cebu 321,116509,433321,1162.3%
Boracay112,315271,498383,8136.0%
Baguio*20,677350,528371,205
-14.5%
Davao
29,691300,556330,2472.7%
Puerto Galera**


215,75520.2%
Bohol45,995114,619160,61415.6%
Negros Occidental*
32,780113,724146,504-55.2%
Negros Oriental
22,72995,069117,79811.1%
Ilocos Norte
8,08891,65999,747
6.5%
Masbate*
10,25771,63081,887-7.5%
Camarines Norte
1,71179,46681,17763.9%
Puerto Princesa
11,38069,37680,75663.0%
Legaspi
7,89259,73267,62410.9%
Catanduanes
9,95355,18865,141115.0%
Sorsogon*
26,25127,95254,203-14.0%
TOTAL
808,3892,965,1283,989,27216.5%

The developing El Niño in the equatorial Pacific would be a welcome thought for our tourism industry because of low rainfall but not for the agricultural and fishery sector.
Note: *Partial, **No data
Source: DOT Regional Offices

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