Ilocos Norte Braces for Tourist Influx during APEC Holidays

Nov 19, 2015 ...

With the long weekend scheduled in Metro Manila this week due to the
Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Leaders’ Meeting, Ilocos
Norte recorded a sudden increase of tourists visiting the province to
take advantage of the holidays.

“While we anticipated the influx of visitors this long vacation
brought up by the APEC event in Manila, the number of tourists currently
in the province right now is overwhelming,” said Ilocos Norte Tourism
Office (INTO) Head Aianree Racquel during an interview.

With this, the Provincial Government of Ilocos Norte is in close
coordination with major tourism establishments as they have earlier
reported that they have “ran out of supplies since yesterday.”

Governor Imee R. Marcos noted that “the increase in number of tourists
have resulted to shortage of accommodation in Pagudpud while food
establishments in Laoag City and Paoay are running out of supplies.”

Racquel added that “everyone is in double time as it is only Thursday
and tourists might continue to rise on Friday until the weekend.”

Meanwhile, the provincial government has prepared a set of activities
for the thousands of tourists spending the long weekend in the province
with the start of the ‘Tan-ok ni Ilocano Festival’ season this week.

Three museums are opening in the province: the _Balay Dingras _on
November 19, Cape Bojeador Lighthouse Museum in Burgos and _Taoid
_Museum in Laoag City on November 21.

A special rerun of the ‘RAKENROL’ musical play will also be staged
on November 20, 6:00 p.m. at the Ilocos Norte Centennial Arena.

“Reports are currently being consolidated regarding the total number
of tourists but as of now, the data that we have been able to gather
from hotels are strong,” Racquel further revealed.

Through the active tourism campaign of the provincial government dubbed
as the _‘Paoay Kumakaway!,_’ Ilocos Norte has become a preferred
destination attracting tourists with its wide-range of historical and
cultural heritage and diverse activities.

In the past two years, Ilocos Norte tourism has grown to a stunning
380.64% translating it to more than 1,245,562 day visitors that came in
the province from January to July 2015 only.

by John Michael Mugas

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