MANILA, Philippines – Tourism in the Hundred Islands National Park had a flourishing turnout in the early months of 2011 with thousands of tourists flocking to the place for their holiday getaway.
According to the local government, 73,000 tourists visited the main attraction of Alaminos, Pangasinan from the months of January to April this year.
More tourists also spent their Holy Week vacation in the park this year at 12,195, as compared to last year’s record of 10,560.
The increase is attributed to the new outdoor activities offered by the park.
Aside from swimming, the park also offers snorkeling, scuba diving, and bird watching.
The Hundred Islands National Park is also promoting island-hopping for adventure seekers, with rates being offered as low as P800.
Delighted by the turnout, park manager Rey Livara said: "Natutuwa kami na marami pa rin ang dumaragsa dito."
The local government remains keen on attracting more and more tourists in the coming months.
Tourism has been a boon for the business sector particularly those in the hotel, restaurant and souvenirs services, Livara said.
Vendor Anita Baniqued added: "Madami talaga ngayong (turista)… kaya kami naman nakakaipon na din para sa pamilya."