Issue of April 16, 2017
Mt. Province

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Longer tourist season recorded in Baguio in past six months
by Hanna C. Lacsamana

Although it comes with a price, the hospitality industry welcomes the high momentum of tourist arrivals in Baguio that has been noted since the last quarter of last year for all the good it brings to the city’s tourism industry and economy.

The Hotel and Restaurant Association of Baguio (HRAB) reported last week the city is enjoying a steady stream of tourists for the past months, which picked up further with the shortened lean season expected every school year opening.

“June to September used to be a lean season (after Christmas, Panagbenga, Holy Week, and summer season), so we expect tourist arrivals to pick up again in October. But that has changed,” said HRAB president and Baguio Country Club General Manager Anthony de Leon.

He said they noted the continuous arrivals of tourists when schools started implementing adjustments on the schedules of class opening, which shortened the period between the lean season and the start of the lean season of tourists.

They have also observed last December a record high number of visitors. “There were just too many people who were up here in Baguio that time, because they look to Baguio mainly as a tradition for families. What is Christmas if not spending it in cold weather like Baguio’s,” de Leon said.

He said the assessment is based on the meetings of the HRAB member-hotels which reported that their occupancy rate had gone up by as much as 15 to 20 percent in 2016’s last quarter compared to the same period of the preceding year.

“It is good news to the stakeholders and the local government. The jump in the occupancy rate means a hike in revenues of hotel business, as well as taxes due the city,” de Leon said.

He added the reduced travel time from Manila to Baguio from the regular six to less than four hours is also a big factor in the increased volume of tourists in the city.

“The closer the TPLEX gets completed, the more visitors we can expect, so I am sure there will be some price to pay like traffic woes and some garbage issues,” de Leon said.

However, he said the worse traffic situation in Manila has given car owners the option to travel and maximize the use of their vehicles, which in that case is beneficial for Baguio.

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Baguio Country Club
Department of Tourism – CAR
University of Baguio
Venus Parkview Hotel

Congressman Mark O. Go
Department of Health – CAR
Kings College of the Philippines
Lepanto Consolidated Mining Company
Mayor Mauricio G. Domogan
Narda’s Handwoven Arts & Crafts Inc.
Philex Mining Corporation
Pines City Colleges
Province of Benguet
Sangguniang Panlungsod
SM City Baguio
Social Security System

Assumption Medical Diagnostic Center
Baguio Center Mall
Baguio Central University
Baguio Heart and Lung Diagnostic Center Inc.
Baguio Memorial Chapels Incorporated
Baguio Water District
Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources – CAR
C & Triple A Supermart
Congressman Ronald M. Cosalan
Curamed Pharmacy
Data Center College of the Philippines of Baguio City Inc.
Department of Agriculture – CAR
Department of Environment and Natural Resources – CAR
Department of Trade and Industry – CAR
Department of Transportation – CAR
Easter College Incorporated
Fabulo Beauty and Image Salon
Fast East Pacific Commercial
Filipino–Japanese Friendship Association of Northern Luzon, Inc.
GMS Technology
Immigration Network Services, Inc.
La Funeraria Paz, Inc.
Mayor Romeo K. Salda
MMS Development Training Center Corporation
Mother Earth Deli Basket
National Economic & Development Authority–CAR
Overseas Workers Welfare Administration
Philippine Science High School – CARC
R.A. Gapuz Review Center
Regional Tripartite Wages and Productivity Board – CAR
Solibao – Ganza Restaurant
Technical Education and Skills Development Authority
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