Philippine tourism gets an extra
boost as Siargao goes increasingly popular for local and
Deemed as "Asia's Best Island" by Condé Nast (CN) Traveler, the
popular teardrop-shaped island in Surigao del Norte was recognized
as top location out of the best 30 islands in the world.
last quarter of 2018, the Department of Tourism recorded
163,245 domestic and foreign visitors from January to June alone.
This is 24.54% increase in tourist arrivals on the island compared
to 2017 data.
Siargao has established itself as
one of the top surfing and tourist locations in the country as it
is well known for its massive waves, pristine beaches, and relaxed
nature. Some of its destinations are
more popular than others such as the Cloud 9 Surf Spot, Taktak
falls, and General Luna's Guyam, Daku, and Naked islets. Cementing
its cult-like following, many local and foreign businesses are
beginning to take notice of the investment potential of the other
areas in Janoyoy and
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The Philippine government seeks to
keep the momentum by improving the accessibility of the island.
Additional flights to Siargao are being routed from Manila, Clark,
and Cebu by top Philippine airline carriers. In fact, the
government has allocated 40 million pesos to tackle the feasibility
study and site acquisition for the improved Siargao airport.
More recently, the Department of
Transportation has also been receiving a proposal from private
agencies that seek to make Siargao easier to visit. Transportation
Undersecretary Manuel Tamayo confirmed that the
Philippine Airport Ground Support Solutions offered to improve
Sayak Airport. According to him, they have a proposal to
operate, maintain and develop the airport but it is still being
evaluated since the initial plan is to transfer it to a better
Tourism to bring better
As Siargao takes center stage,
other provincial industries are expected to take off.
According to Agrea, male farmers on the island are taking
advantage of the booming tourism opportunities brought about the
recent boost. There are many opportunities opening as the island
continues to gain local and international interest.
In 2018, the
Tourism Promotions Board's "Cine Tourismo" featured a
full-length film on Siargao. This initiative from the Department of
Tourism helped propagate film tourism further in the country,
providing more jobs and investments in the country.
Aside from tourism, the
agricultural sector in Surigao proved to be extremely viable as
women farmers begin to step up for the role. This now makes the
island a hub for fresh farm produce sold in real farm-to-markets
that adds more value to the region.
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