100 ISLANDS, TOP TOURIST DESTINATION
ALAMINOS City Government boosted its coffers by P43,187, 062.19 sourced from the registration fee alone of the 547,490 tourist arrivals to the Hundred Islands in 2018.
Mike Sison, city tourism officer, said most of the local tourist arrivals were from the cities of Alaminos, Urdaneta, San Carlos and Dagupan, and municipalities of Lingayen, Basista, Bani, Binmaley, Bolinao, Bautista, Malasiqui, Mangaldan, Sto. Tomas, Infanta, Bugallon, Laoac, San Quintin and Mapandan.
Tourist arrivals from outside Pangasinan were from Metro Manila, Bulacan, Cavite, Pampanga, Tarlac, Nueva Ecija, Benguet, Rizal, La Union, Laguna, Nueva Ecija, Isabela, Zambales, Ilocos Sur, Ilocos Norte, Nueva Vizcaya, Bataan, Cagayan and Abra.
Top foreign tourist arrivals were from United State of America, South Korea, Canada, China, Japan, Australia, Germany, India, France and Taiwan.
Sison said the latest main attraction is the Pilgrimage Island.
He added many tourists also cited the cleanliness and safety factors at the Hundred Islands as one of the factors why they keep on visiting the islands.
Alaminos City Mayor Art Celeste regularly leads the Scubasurero, the underwater and regular coastal clean-up drive.
The city government has been implementing its Basura mo, Iuwi mo program by requiring all tourists to deposit a refundable P200 for their garbage bags that should be surrendered with their trash in them. The refund and plus privilege card as an incentive for a free entrance fee on the next visit of the guest is presented upon surrender of their trash. (Nora Dominguez)
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