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Parañaque City Mayor Florencio Bernabe, Jr. (second from left) is awarded a water-themed painting by Artist Ivan Acuña; the MWSI Special Partnership Award; and a plaque of recognition from Maynilad officials (from left) President and CEO Victorico P. Vargas, Chairman Manuel V. Pangilinan, Chief Operations Officer Herbert M. Consunji and Chief Finance Officer Randolph T. Estrellado during the 5th Anniversary Celebrations of the Maynilad Water Services Inc. which was held recently at the SM Mall of Asia. The Special Partnership Award was given in recognition of the contribution of the Parañaque City Government and Mayor Jun Bernabe for the continued expansion of MWSI water services in the city. (Photo By: Jun Budlat)
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PIA Press Release
Friday, January 06, 2012

Tourist arrival in Albay up by 44%

by Sally A. Atento

LEGAZPI CITY, Jan 7 (PIA) –- Tourism Bicol regional director Susan Ravanilla has affirmed the impressive growth rate of tourist arrivals in Albay from January to June 2011 which so far is the highest in the past years.

Tourist arrivals in Albay has considerably increased to 234,081 tourists in 2011 compared to 162,506 in the same period in 2010 paving the way to a 44 percent growth as compared to the previous year.

Tied up with the 44 percent boost in the number of tourist arrivals is the 51 percent growth in foreign revenues for the first and second quarter of 2011, from P122 million revenues for 2010 to P180 million generated.

This growth also generated 836, 623 jobs for the 1st quarter of 2011.

According to Ravanilla, the first two quarters of the year were actually the peak season that’s why most tourists arrived at these months.

The people are the direct beneficiaries of this tourism boost,” the director furthered.

Most of the foreign visitors were from the United States followed by visitors from the United Kingdom which also comprised the biggest tourist arrival rate in Sorsogon.

Ravanilla also said that Donsol contributed a lot to the tourism growth rate in Albay since their foreign visitors usually stayed in this city for accommodation, bar hopping, shopping, and other stuff that they can try and enjoy.

Also boosting the number of tourist arrivals in Albay is Albay’s month long Magayon Festival in April including the nightly beer plaza and presentations at Albay Park and other festivities and events that appealed to both domestic and foreign tourists.

From the median term development plan, the tourist arrival target for 2012 is 2million which was already achieved in 2010 and is expected to be surpassed in 2011. The challenge then for 2012 is to go beyond the said target, the DOT Bicol director said. (MAL/SAA-PIA V/Albay)

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