Guimaras tourist spots
Guimaras, an idyllic island province which hogged the limelight four years ago because of an oil spill that has damaged its beaches and corals, saw tourists coming back in a big way, according to a report by BusinessWorld.
Guimaras Governor Felipe Hilan Nava said tourist arrivals in the province in 2009 exceeded the number of tourists who visited the island a year before the oil spill from a passing oil tanker in August 2006. Tourist arrivals in 2009 reached 212,938, compared to the 204,312 arrivals in 2005.
The province, which is popular for its mangoes, white sand coves and islets, suffered a drop of over a fifth in tourist arrivals between 2006 and 2008 after oil tanker M/T Solar 1 sank and spilled around two million litres of bunker oil in the seas off the southern coast of the island.
Governor Nava said tourism revenues reached PhP188.745 million in 2009.