Palawan tourist arrivals up 15 percent 

Local government eyes to boost tourist arrivals (file photo)

The Palawan Provincial Tourism Office (PTO) has recorded a total of 1,162,439 foreign and domestic tourists who visited the province in 2016, representing a 15 percent increase from previous year’s figures.

PTO head Maribel Buñi also noted that among foreign tourists who came to Palawan, US American nationals accounted for the highest number at 63,092 visitors.

She said the tourist areas they visited the most are located in the capital city of Puerto Princesa, and El Nido, Coron, San Vicente, and Taytay in northern Palawan, and Brooke’s Point in the south.

Following the U.S. citizens in the list of visitors are Taiwanese, who made 47,613 visits; Chinese, 25,254; French, 24,092; and Koreans, 19,478.

Buñi is positive that despite the travel advisories issued by the U.S. and United Kingdom warning their citizens to take extra caution in visiting Palawan, many would still come to the province as it is safe to visit.

In May, a travel advisory was issued by the US embassy and the British government in the wake of reports of a possible terrorist attack in the province.

The Joint Interagency Security Task Unit (JISTU) has issued a statement assuring the safety of tourists visiting the province.

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