CDC exec: Clark’s tourism is recovering

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TWO years after the closures caused by the Covid-19 pandemic, tourism in this Freeport is on the way to recovery.

That’s according to Noemi B. Julian, director of the tourism and promotions division of Clark Development Corporation.

“Clark tourism is picking up,” Julian said during the Pampanga Press Club’s monthly News at Hues briefing at the Park Inn by Radisson Clark Hotel.

In a report, Julian shared that Clark recorded 640,353 tourist arrivals in 2021, or about 77.22% of tourist arrivals from Pampanga province.

“That number makes Clark the fourth destination in the Philippines,” Julian said.

In Central Luzon, Clark also ranked second in terms of regional distribution of overnight travellers.

Visitor arrivals were up more than 84% from the same period last year (554,621) as more than one million tourists flocked to Clark from January to June 2022.

All categories of visitors recorded increases – some more dramatic than others. The number of same-day guests increased by 147% (189,970), airport arrivals by 242% (60,914) and overnight guests by 1% (303,737).

Julian said the launch of Terminal 2 at Clark International Airport, the resumption of large-scale outdoor events, the reclassification of Pampanga to Alert Level 1, the reopening of Aqua Planet and the opening of new properties related to tourism have contributed to the revitalization of tourism in the Freeport.

“Clark’s tourism sector is clearly booming: figures for the whole of 2021 were 1,362,388 people, while the first half of 2022 has already welcomed 1,024,987 tourists to the area. of Freeport,” she reported.

Clark’s tourism facilities include 98 convention and meeting facilities, including the recently opened SMX Convention Clark; 3,648 hotel rooms; 16 sports facilities including casinos and golf clubs; 13 attractions including theme parks, museums and parks; 142 restore points; and 16 other tourist facilities, including shopping, wellness and medical centers.

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