Sta. Cruz records 250K tourists arrival in 2022

Julius Paner, Municipal Tourism and Information officer of Sta. Cruz, Davao del Sur, bares during this week's Kapehan sa Davao at SM City Davao that at least 250,000 tourists visited the municipality last year and assures that it is doing good in managing its waste. LEAN DAVAL JR.

An official of the local government unit (LGU) of Sta. Cruz announced on Monday that the tourism popular Davao del Sur town has received 250,000 tourists/visitors last year.

Santa Cruz tourism officer Julius R. Paner told the media majority were domestic/local visitors. He said there are foreigners but not very significant in numbers.

He said the majority of them the purpose of the visit was the outdoor activities followed by leisure tour like visiting the resorts, among others.

“We are still banking on domestic tourists. We are a small municipality selling eco-adventure sites ug dako na siya nga figure (250,000) i-compare nimo sa uban nga highly urbanized cities. Ingon ana ka nindot ang amoong 2022 and hopefully ma sustain ang momentum namo this year and sa umaabot pa nga mga katuigan,” he said during Kapehan sa Dabaw at SM City Davao on Monday.

Sta. Cruz a town in Davao del Sur, which hosts one of the entry points to Mt. Apo, offers several ecotourism and cultural activities in partnership with local communities and the indigenous group Bagobo-Tagabawa.

“Ang number one player sa tourism program sa Sta. Cruz is a community-based association. We are as much as possible trying to promote that because sustainable man gud siya in a way and we are not dependent on the private sector,” he said.

Paner said tourists visiting Sta. Cruz created a lot of direct employment in the community and other sectors in tourism also benefited like the sari sari stores, guides, porters, habal habal drivers, and accommodation establishments.

“That is what we are intending to do in Sta. Cruz na silang tanan naa sa community malipay. The year 2022 has been very good to us and again naka full blast nami sa implementation sa tourism program and tanan establishments are open at lahat ng community-based association wherein they really gained income out from the tourism activities,” he said.

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