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In six months, 255K visitors travel to the Hundred Islands.

From January 1 to June 20 of this year, the Hundred Islands National Park (HINP) here saw 254,911 visitor arrivals, virtually reaching pre-pandemic levels.

The HINP is currently averaging between 2,000 and 2,500 daily visitors on weekends, according to Miguel Sison, the city’s tourism officer, in an interview on Tuesday.

He claimed that there were 60,388 visitors alone in May.

From January 1 to June 20 of this year, “HINP alone, we have recorded approximately PHP21.7 million income,” he continued.

Since the province was placed under Alert Level 1, according to Sison, the tourism sector has totally recovered.

“We are requesting guests for their vaccination cards and identity cards as part of the routine since we are under Alert Level 1,” he stated.

Sison stated that despite the spike in fuel prices, the government had not increased levies.

He stated, “We are aware that we are currently dealing with a pandemic, and our fees were imposed by way of an approved ordinance.

He noted that additional visitors were anticipated.

Sison revealed that two European cruise ships have expressed a desire to visit the HINP in the upcoming months.

As the municipal administration collaborates with the Department of Science and Technology and the Pangasinan State University in Urdaneta City for the automation of the bookings to HINP, Sison said they will soon take reservations for the well-known tourist attractions online.

Visitors could now reserve rooms online and simply pay the fees when they arrived at Alaminos City.

“The trial phase and computer presentation have already begun. Additionally, the personnel will receive training on the new system. I’m hoping it’ll be up and running by next month,” he continued.

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