Cruise tourists jump nearly 2,000% in January
Cruise tourist arrivals have surged by nearly 2,000 percent in January this year.
The Philippine Ports Authority (PPA) reported that tourists visiting the country through cruise ships surged by 1,952.82 percent to 9,156 passengers in January from only 446 during the same month last year.
More than half of the volume or 4,520 visited Northern Luzon due to the start of operations of Star Cruises at the Port of Currimao. Other areas that recorded positive growth in cruise tourists were Coron, Boracay and South Harbor.
The PPA is currently carrying out several infrastructure projects in key areas to support the booming cruise industry aimed at developing international hubs for cruise liners like Davao, Bohol, Boracay, Cebu, Metro Manila, Puerto Princesa, Subic, and Zamboanga which are the nation?s major nautical cruise arteries.
It has also lined up various port programs for the development of cruise terminals namely the Ports of Puerto Princesa, Currimao in Ilocos Norte, and Catagbacan in Bohol province. (PNA)