With the coronavirus halting the entire tourism industry, the Western Visayas still managed to earn around P21.6 billion last 2020.
"The COVID-19 pandemic severely affected the tourism industry because of the travel restrictions imposed to contain the spread,” Atty. Helen Catalbas, the Western Visayas regional director of the Department of Tourism (DOT-6) said.
Based on the partial data, more than one million tourists who visited the island before the lockdown initiated last March 2020 and the slow reopening of a tourist destination by the middle of June 2020 led the island to a total earning of about P21.6 B, according to the interview of Caltabas with the Manila Bulletin.
“Despite the pandemic, there were those who still traveled for leisure or even within their own provinces or cities,” Catalbas added.
With the P9.9 billion, Boracay contributed the most. Mainly, because of the influx of tourists in Boracay Island. Around 375,847 tourists traveled to Boracay this year.
Followed by Negros Occidental with around P4.3 billion, they had 238,238 visitors. Bacolod with P2.7 billion from its 143,114 visitors. In Iloilo City with P2.14 billion and 111,435 tourists. Meanwhile, Capiz with P1.9 billion at 66,257 visitors. Guimaras earned P286.5 million from 15,384 tourists and Aklan with P191.3 million from 10,706 visitors.
Catalbas is confident that the tourism industry will soon recuperate with the gradual opening of many tourist destinations this year 2021.
Source: Manila Bulletin