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Published on : Monday, March 20, 2017
In order to attract more local and foreign tourists, a vice chairman of the House Committee on Local Government urged the Philippines the Department of Tourism (DOT) for including extreme sports and ecotourism destination in its plan for setting up a database of the Philippines tourist attractions.
Nacionalista Party Rep. Luis Raymund F. Villafuerte Jr. of Camarines Sur said that promoting a site as a sport tourism hub has great potential for tourists returning to the area. The DOT has plans of setting up a database that will list all tourist destinations in the country, in response to the ever-changing tourist choices and tourism investors.
Citing the UNWTO, the lawmaker said that sports tourism is a $600-billion market that is expected to expand by an average of 5.3% annually and is projected to grow 6.1% from 2013 to 2020, and by 4.7 percent from 2020 to 2030. As per the UNWTO tourism projections, tourist arrivals in the Asia-Pacific region is expected to more than double to 541 million by 2030, from 204 million arrivals in 2010.
Villafuerte referred to the success of Camarines Sur, which is currently regarded as a famous sports and adventure destination. He also mentioned other areas in the country that can be marketed as sports destinations: San Mateo in Rizal for mountain biking; Baler in Aurora and Siargao Island in Surigao del Norte for surfing; Cagayan de Oro and Davao for whitewater rafting; Anilao in Batangas for diving; and Mindoro for windsurfing.