ORIENTAL MINDORO:  PUERTO  GALERA  TOURISTS  REACH  3.1  MILLION
 
MANILA, JUNE 22, 2006 (MALAYA) The resort town of Puerto Galera in Oriental Mindoro, posted an unprecedented 82% increase in tourist arrivals last year with 3.1 million tarrivals, compared with the previous year’s 1.7 million.

The dramatic increase in arrivals mostly local tourists was largely due to improved ferry services.

Puerto Galera is one of the destination ports of the nautical highway.

Mayor Aristeo Atienza, said the figure, which includes foreign and domestic visitors, was compiled from hotel occupancy and manifestos of ferries plying the Batangas City-Puerto Galera route.

In line with this, he said that the municipal Government is undertaking measures to instill the "culture of tourism" among the townsfolk.

He added that the municipal tourism office has been conducting a series of refresher courses for tourism frontliners such as resort owners, restaurateurs, masseurs, boatmen, and tourist guides, among others.

In addition, Atienza revealed that the local government and the Sangguniang Bayan are putting in place priority measures to support the burgeoning tourism industry, which is the town’s major source of income.

These efforts, he said, are geared towards attaining world-class tourism for the resort town.

He added that this year’s summer visitors will help post another record high by the end of the year.

Puerto Galera boasts of a host of fine sand beaches scattered in various coves. Aside from beaches, the town is also home to other attractions and activities to cater to different preferences of tourists.

These include the Tamaraw Falls, the mountain-top Ponderosa Golf Course, the Excavation Museum which houses antique Chinaware, and the Mangyan Village.

Meanwhile, Puerto Galera Bay was named last year as one of the most beautiful bays in the world by the French-based The Most Beautiful Bays in the World Club, a Unesco-supported organization. The award was given to the town because of its natural beauty, diverse marine life, rich cultural heritage and important economic contribution.


Chief News Editor: Sol Jose Vanzi

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