Visits to Sta. Cruz in 2013 spike at 87% PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 07 February 2014 13:12

The Sta. Cruz Island remains to be the prime tourist spot in the City, registering a massive 87% increase in tourist visits in 2013 despite the armed conflict last year.

According to the annual accomplishment report of the City Tourism Office, the Sta. Cruz Islands recorded a total of 21,982 visitors – a significant increase compared to the 11,745 visitors in 2012.

To support the development of the Sta. Cruz Islands as a major tourist attraction, the local government of Zamboanga started the construction of amenities and facilities to accommodate the increasing number of guests in the islands. Initiated in 2013, these facilities include 28 huts, 1 pavilion, comfort rooms, potable water supply, and power supply.

The total tourist inflow for 2013 was 296,545, and despite the adversities, the City successfully held the different local festivals, celebrations and cultural milestones, as well as launched the Zoom In: Zamboanga marketing campaign during the 25th Philippine Travel Mart (PTM).

In terms of tourism infrastructure and development, the Zamboanga Cinematheque, funded by the Film Development Council (FDC), broke ground on January 2013.

Meanwhile, the Parque de Ciencia was officially opened to the public on June 2013, and recorded 9,908 visitors during its first 6 months of operation. On the other hand, the El Museo de Zamboanga welcomed a total of 6,429 guests for the year. — Jasmine Mohammadsali