Joselito Arzaga, manager of the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) at the Francisco B. Reyes Airport they are back to welcoming 400 foreign and domestic tourists a day since the first quarter of 2015.“It went down when Yolanda (Haiyan) hit us in 2013 to as low as 200,” Arzaga said.
Home to Kayangan Lake, which was hailed as the cleanest inland body of water in the Philippines, and as its ship wreck capital, he said “visitors actually, never stopped visiting Coron even after Yolanda’s devastating onslaught.
Most of those who came and supported Coron’s rise from the super typhoon were reportedly Russians and Koreans.“The local government unit mentioned to me before that Russians and Koreans never stopped visiting us,” he said.He also said there is no more “lean season” in Coron.“We don’t have a lean season anymore. All year round visitors come. Tourism just sort of laid low for a few
months,” he said, adding that this was probably because of news reports of Yolanda’s destruction.
“When our airport here closed, people thought that’s going to be for a long time. However, when they learned that it was okay, and it went back to operation immediately, they’re back visiting us,” Arzaga said.
He pointed out that are waiting for projects that would improve the facilities of the airport such as water system development that will have a budget from the Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC), the landscaping of the parking area, and a new arrival area.
The DOTC plans to utilize the old passenger terminal building adjacent the airport to become the arrival area, he said.
It will be implemented by the end of the year, Arzaga said.