Puerto Princesa attractions

Tourist receipts in Puerto Princesa City in Palawan are projected to reach the PhP9.8 billion mark, with the global recognition of the Puerto Princesa Underground River (PPUR) as one of the New 7 Wonders of Nature.

Ms. Rebecca V. Labit, the concurrent assistant city administrator and head of the city tourism office, said the projected increase in tourist receipts was based on the computation of touristsÔÇÖ spending per day of stay in the city, currently pegged at PhP5,000 per day per tourist.

The Puerto Princesa City Tourism Office expects visitors to reach 1.2 million by 2016, more than double the number of visitors at 500,146 in 2011.

About 80 percent of the tourists that visit this city are local tourists, while the remaining 20 percent are foreigners, mostly Americans, Koreans and Japanese. The cityÔÇÖs more than 100 accredited hotels, pension houses, and inns can accommodate as much as 4,000 tourists at any given time.

Meanwhile, Philippines AirAsia will soon launch flights to Puerto Princesa, Palawan from its hub in Clark International Airport. ÔÇ£We have decided to open the Puerto Princesa route earlier than we had planned because of the overwhelming demand. Its new found fame as one of the new seven wonders of nature has generated a lot of interest from both local and international tourists,” said AirAsia Inc. CEO Maan Hontiveros.

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