Touristsâ€™ arrival in the province hit a remarkably high level of 25 percent last year which affirmsÂ Â that Bohol tourism is asserting its prime, even nearly doubling the regionâ€™s total gain, according to the Department of Tourism (DOT).
The significant uptrend considered indicative of a truly gaining recovery after some major natural disasters can hopefully hit a record mark as the projection for the region in 2016, a presidential election year, is â€œquite high.â€
Data showed that Boholâ€™s touristsâ€™ arrival of 25%Â Â is way above as compared to the count for the entire Central Visayas that posted an increase of only 13.6%, although the latter is still considered remarkable.
Tourism industry was included in the highlights of the 2015 Central Visayas Regional Economic Situation reported during the full-body meeting of the Regional Development Council (RDC-7) led by its chairman, Gov. Edgar Chatto, at the Montebello Villa Hotel in Cebu City on Friday.
It was also this yearâ€™s first joint quarterly meeting of the influential council with the Regional Peace and Order Council (RPOC-7), which was led by Philippine National Police (PNP) Regâ€™l. Dir. Manuel Gaerlan in lieu of its chairman, Cebu Gov. Hilario Davide III.
â€œWe are hopeful,â€ Department of Tourism (DOT) Regâ€™l. Dir. Rowena Montecillo said of the expected heavier influx of tourists to Bohol and other Central Visayas destinations, â€œbecause the target this year is 5.8 million visitors.”
â€œIf we get the cooperation of all to submit their reports on touristsâ€™ arrivals, we are positive to that we will hit the target,â€ Montecuillo yesterday said .
Central Visays registered some 4.5 million visitors in 2015, surpassing the 4.4 million target which was already 10.7% more than the arrival in 2014.
Boholâ€™s promotion will get further aggressive during this coming Juneâ€™s Asian Premium Tourism Mart for â€œhigh-endâ€ destinations, according to Bohl Tourism Office head Jospehine Cabarrus.
This will necessarily follow Boholâ€™s â€œsold-outâ€ participation to the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Tourism Forum or ATF—as it further included the China, Korea and Japan markets last January.