SUBIC BAY FREEPORT – For two successive years, Subic Bay Freeport maintained its lead as the No. 1 destination in the entire Central Luzon region, as visitor arrivals here breached the one-million mark in 2013 and 2014.
In a certificate from the Department of Tourism (DOT) - Region III, the Freeport was cited for having “consistently topped the list of most visited places in the region for two consecutive years”.
According to DOT regional director Ronaldo Teotico, Subic “obtained the highest number of regional travellers – both local and foreign – in the entire Central Luzon region from CY 2013-2014 based on reports submitted by accommodation establishments in all the seven (7) provinces and two (2) special economic zones in the region”.
“We are very much elated by this development. It speaks well not only of the efforts of our Tourism team and the rest of our agency, but also of the support and cooperation of our tourism stakeholders and the entire Freeport community,” Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority chairman and administrator Roberto Garcia said.
Garcia added that aside from being the No. 1 destination in the region, Subic has continued to live up to its title as “Premier Convention Capital of Central Luzon”, which was bestowed by the DOT in 2012.
“The number of conventions here has grown by 150 per cent from 2013 to 2014, with a corresponding increase of 94 per cent in the number of participants for the same period,” he pointed out.
Subic also enjoyed the highest hotel occupancy rate in Central Luzon at 69 per cent last year, compared to the regional average of 62 per cent. Equally notable is the Freeport’s sustained growth as the country’s triathlon, sailing and theme park capital. (30)
Subic Freeport - The No. 1 Destination in CL. Subic Bay Metropolitan chairman and administrator Roberto Garcia with SBMA tourism manager Jem Camba displays the citation recently received from DOT Region 3, recognizing Subic as the top destination in the entire Central Luzon region for two consecutive years.