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Tourist visits to Sta. Cruz up 31.2%

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Visits to the famed Sta. Cruz Island increased by 31.2% in the first quarter of 2017.

According to data from the Protected Area Management Unit (PAMU), the number of tourists from January to March 2017 hit 9,602, topping last year’s 7,318 visits for the same time period.

The number of tourists to the island has remained consistent, registering 2,663 and 2,246 visits in January and February, before spiking at 4,693 visits for March.

Visitors were at an all-time peak, however, during the summer months, with an overall total of 21,837 visitors for April (10,531) and May (11,306). Of these figures, PAMU’s initiative dubbed the Fiesta na Isla 2017 contributed a whopping 11,206 guest visits from April 16 to May 13.

Deputy Tourist Chief Police Edwin Duco earlier this week reported that there have been no significant changes in the number of visiting guests to the islands, despite the situation in Marawi and the declaration of martial law in Mindanao.

“Considering summer vacation ahora, el number of guests visiting the island, halos igual lang syempre. We have not observed any remarkable or significant changes in the [number of] guests,” he said.

Authorities assured the public that security measures are in place to safeguard tourists visiting the Sta. Cruz island. (Jasmine Mohammadsali)




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