With the proposal of a Mindanao Tourism Agenda (MTA) scheduled to go full blast this 2017, tourist arrivals in the region are expected to grow by 10 to 20 percent.
This was disclosed by Department of Tourism-Mindanao (DOT-Mindanao) Assistant Secretary Eden David in an interview Saturday, November 19.
“The target that has been set is to at least increase it by 10 to 20 percent but it be dependent upon logistic support when it comes to infrastructure,” she added.
DOT earlier said that the MTA is expected to complement the department’s National Tourism Development Plan (NTDP).
“The Mindanao plan will have to be started by 2017. There would be a MOA (memorandum of agreement) that would be undertaken next week and hopefully by end of the year we have initial draft to submit to Malacanang,” David said.
Data from DOT Mindanao showed that the island acquired around 8.5 million tourist arrivals in 2015 with the bulk of these arrivals coming from the Davao Region (Region 11) with around 2.8 million arrivals.
Meanwhile, the Zamboanga Peninsula (Region 9) acquired around 800,000 arrivals, Northern Mindanao (Region 10) acquired around 2.7 million arrivals, Soccsksargen (Region 12) acquired around 1 million arrivals and Caraga (Region 13) acquired around 1.2 million arrivals.