By Minerva Newman
CEBU CITY – Three in every five Filipinos or 42 million Filipinos 15 years old and above visited domestic tourist destinations, based on the Household Survey on Domestic Visitors (HSDV) conducted by the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) and Department of Tourism (DOT).
The results of the survey, conducted April 1 to September 30 this year, were revealed at a forum Tuesday at the PSA regional office here.
PSA regional senor statistical specialist Felixberto Sato Jr., 65-percent of domestic tourists travel for pleasure or vacation mostly during long weekends and holidays.
Long weekend holidays during Christmas accounted for about 47.9 percent of the travel period. All Saints’ Day was second with 39.8 percent and Holy Week third with 27 percent.
The survey showed that 41.6 percent of the vacationers stayed at the homes of friends or relatives, 9.9 percent stayed in resorts and 9.4 percent checked into hotels.
The travelers preferred to visit malls, churches, beaches, and religious and pilgrimage sites, Sato said.
Bohol and Cebu in Central Visayas were 6th and 7th most visited places.
The most visited places were the National Capital Region (NCR), Negros Occidental, Pangasinan, Cavite and Quezon.
Sato stressed the importance of tourism statistics in planning a sustainable tourism development strategy.
“The tourism industry is vital in our country’s economy. In 2017 the industry contributed over 12.1 percent to the national coffers and is increasing every year. There are about 5.3 million people who are employed in that sector/industry,” he said.