By Anthony Giron
Trece Martires City, Cavite – This province continued to dominate the tourism industry in the Calabarzon (Cavite-Laguna-Batangas-Rizal-Quezon) region.
Provincial Tourism Officer Liberty C. Herrera said that the Aguinaldo Shrine in Kawit municipality remained the top educational tour destination while Tagaytay City is still the most favored regional tourism destination among locals and foreigners.
“From 4.1 million tourist arrivals in 2015, we target a higher number, hopefully the five million mark,” Herrera said.
Herrera attributed the tourist influx to Cavite’s scenic spots and its proximity to National Capital Region and the domestic and international airports.
The Department of Tourism is expected to come out with a report on the number of tourist arrivals in the region in 2016 in the first quarter of 2017.
In a press briefing at the recent Calabarzon Tourism Summit in Tagaytay City, Cavite Governor Jesus Crispin “Boying” Remulla assured support for the tourism program and security for visiting tourists.
He cited that Cavite, a smaller province but with bigger population among the provinces in the region, has many popular sites.
Deemed as the oldest province in Luzon, Cavite is rich in heritage and culture considering the events that transpired in the area through the centuries.
Cavite’s main attractions are its historical sites, being the cradle of the 1896 Philippine Revolution and the birthplace of Philippine Independence in 1898.