Cagayan de Oro tops tourist destination in Mindanao
March 20, 2013 10:41 pm
CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY, March 20 -– Northern Mindanao topped tourist destination in 2011 with Cagayan de Oro City as the gateway city in the region, the Department of Tourism (DOT) in Region 10 on Wednesday said.
Regional Director Catalino Chan III of Northern Mindanao said, that more than 1.7 foreign and domestic visitors and tourists passes through Cagayan De Oro City making it as the most visited commercial hub in Mindanao higher than Davao’s more than 956,000 visitors in 2011.
In 2010, Region 10 tourists and visitors reached 1.4 million compared to Davao’s 900,000 visitors or a 16 per cent growth of tourist arrivals in Cagayan de Oro City and 5 percent tourist arrivals for Davao, Chan added.
Chan said Cagayan Deo Oro City became an ideal travel destination because of its “connectivity” with other tourist destinations in the Visayas and Mindanao.
“There is now a direct flight from Cagayan de Oro City to Zamboanga and Cagayan de Oro City to Davao,” Chan said.
While tourists and visitors continue to grow in Northern Mindanao with Cagayan De Oro as its gateway, there are still many things to do, Chan said.
He said that Cagayan de Oro City still needs a convention center that can accommodate more than 5,000 and five star hotels to compete in the domestic and international markets.
Chan also encouraged local government units to develop potential tourism destinations in their areas and potential sources of employment and revenues. (PNA)