Palawan tourists breach 500K mark

By Joyce Ann L. Rocamora

November 11, 2022, 8:09 pm

<p><em>(File photo courtesy of Puerto Princesa LGU)</em></p>

(File photo courtesy of Puerto Princesa LGU)

MANILA – Palawan has attracted half a million travelers with less than two months before 2022 ends, signaling its return as one of the country’s top tourist draws.

The Department of Tourism (DOT) said 65 percent of more than 782,000 tourist arrivals in the Mimaropa region were recorded in Palawan this year.

From January to November 11, a total of 507,164 visited the island.

After reeling from the effects of the pandemic, followed by the devastation caused by Typhoon Odette in December last year, Palawan is ready to welcome more guests.

Recently, it was hailed as the world's "most desirable island" by the 21st Wanderlust Travel Magazine.

The United Kingdom-based publication described it as a paradise with sceneries like "heaven on earth".

With a total area of more than 14,000 square km., Palawan indeed has a lot to offer.

It is home to the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization-inscribed Puerto Princesa Subterranean River, karst limestone formations in El Nido, and the world-renowned scuba diving site Tubbataha Reefs, among many other tourist spots.

"The province is so blessed with such natural endowments of spectacular rock formations, sparkling waters, white sand beaches, and rich marine life that is incomparable to other islands in the world," Bevienne Malateo, DOT-Mimaropa director, said in an interview on Friday.

"From the Calamianes Group of Islands down to Balabac Island in the South, Palawan continues to mesmerize people around the globe. We are thankful that we are able to share this beautiful destination with all our travelers." (PNA)