The emerging tourism town of San Vicente is building basic infrastructure facilities in anticipation of the massive tourist influx in the future, an official informed Palawan News on Monday.
“Right now, we’re focusing more on putting up basic infrastructure facilities, such as access roads, sewerage treatment plant, water, and power distribution systems, among others,” tourism officer Lucylyn Panagsagan said.
These ongoing projects form part of the P2.7-billion priority facilities under the San Vicente Integrated Tourism Master Plan (ITMP) that is being helped in funding by the Tourism Infrastructure and Enterprise Zone Authority (TIEZA).
Under the ITMP, the primary focus of development is Cluster 1 or the 883-hectare area surrounding the 14-kilometer Long Beach along Imuruan Bay, covering Barangays Poblacion, New Agutaya, San Isidro and Alimanguan.
Meanwhile, the tourism officer said San Vicente’s tourist arrival is steadily rising, with 5,000-increase every year for the past three years.
“Based on our data, the town recorded 16,000 in 2015, 21,000 in 2016 and 26,000 in 2017. This 2018, we’re expecting to welcome 35,000 tourists,” she added.
Panagsagan added they continuously promote the town’s tourism industry, especially by holding monthly events, aside from the Malagnang Festival that will be held in June.
Being a TIEZA-designated Flagship Tourism Enterprise Zone, she said the agency helps the municipal government in promoting its tourism industry to investors during investment missions in different places.