Over 5,000 tourists expected in Baguio City for the holidays

Published December 20, 2020, 1:47 PM

by Zaldy Comanda

BAGUIO CITY — The country’s Summer Capital Ridge and Reef tourism bubble program confirmed a peak in arrivals to the city for the holiday season, with some 5,269 tourists expected to arrive from December 20 to December 31, based on the approved travels and potential arrivals in visita.baguio.gov.ph, the city’s registration platform for tourists.

The Summer Capital’s Burnham lake boating will be among the attractions in Baguio City which is expected to again see life as the tourism industry opens on September 22. The Ridge and Reef tourism bubble with the provinces of La Union, Pangasinan, Ilocos Sur and Ilocos Norte will allow exchange of tourists between and among said places following a guideline that incorporate, safe, slow and sure rules. Photo By Zaldy Comanda
The Summer Capital’s Burnham lake (Photo By Zaldy Comanda/ FILE/ MANILA BULLETIN)

Supervising Tourism Operations Officer Aloysius Mapalo said the city has increased its daily limit of tourist arrivals to 1,000 this month. 

“All of them had to satisfy the requirements for health and safety protocols which include undergoing tests for coronavirus disease (COVID-19),” Mapalo said.

There was a total of 31,418 requests to travel to this city from December 18 to December 31.

 “The highest arrival can happen on December 23 with 843, and on December 24 with 836,” Mapalo said.

Applications approved in the Visita platform showed that for December 31, there will be 135 tourists, followed by December 30 with 437, December 29 – 298, December 28 – 222, December 27 – 394, December 26 – 609, December 25 – 359, December  24 – 836, December 23 – 843, December 22 -361, December 21 – 306 and December 20 – 469.

Mapalo said the expected number of tourist arrivals was still way below the city’s pre-pandemic levels.

“These days (third and fourth weeks of December) are our traditional peak season when the city receives up to 6,000 to 8,000 visitors daily,” he said.