Iloilo to Institutionalize Tourism Statistics
ILOILO CITY, Iloilo - The 1st Iloilo Provincial Tourism Summit will institutionalize tourism statistics, a development which, according to Iloilo provincial tourism officer Gilbert Marin "will give us a clear picture of how many tourists have visited and will visit Iloilo."
Acting regional director of Department of Tourism (DOT-6) Atty. Helen Catalbas earlier expressed disbelief about how low the numbers are for tourist arrivals in Iloilo province which, in 2011, were placed at only 13,671. In 2010, only a total of 31,816 tourists visited the province.
Catalbas said she cannot believe that Iloilo, the regional capital of Western Visayas, has far lower tourist arrivals compared to the provinces of Aklan, Capiz, Guimaras, and Negros Occidental.
In 2010, Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) funded a tourist data gathering scheme for the Province of Iloilo in cooperation with DOT-6.
Marin said that the JICA data gathering for tourist arrivals was only implemented in the seven pilot towns of Ajuy, Carles, Concepcion, Guimbal, Oton, San Joaquin, and Tigbauan and did not include the remaining 35 towns and one component city in Iloilo.
He said, meanwhile, that the two-day provincial tourism summit ending today gives local government units (LGUs) an eye-opener in terms of the importance of recording tourist arrivals.
The summit also made a reassessment of the province's tourism plan, enhancing public-private partnership (PPP) initiatives to boost Iloilo as a major tourism and investment destination, especially with the opening of international flights at the Iloilo Airport before yearend. …