The tourism in Aurora province has incurred estimated losses of P1.089 billion in 2020 due to the coronavirus disease or Covid19 pandemic.
Ana Riza Mendoza, head of the provincial tourism office, addressed the negative outlook of the tourism industry in the region as the pandemic is still ongoing not only in the country but throughout the globe.
Mendoza said the losses could have been much bigger without the 60,000 long-staying local and foreign guests who preferred to remain in Aurora during the pandemic, as well as the presence of authorized persons outside of residence (APOR).
Inns, lodges, resorts and over 300 hotels in Aurora’s eight towns are in the same situation, Mendoza said.
In 2019, these establishments–with a combined 3,306 rooms–could accommodate 1,490 people. They also had 66 function halls which could serve 5,445 people and 22 restaurants.
It was a good start in 2020 with tourist arrivals reaching 80,085 in January–a 27% increase from the figure for the same month in 2019, Mendoza said.
“The data immediately dropped to almost half in February (2020) and fell to almost zero in the succeeding months. This scenario remained until the end of the year where arrivals are all based from accommodation facilities accepting APOR only,” the tourism officer said.