Along with full coverage of
major roads and provincial capitals, use this
to help you enjoy trips to the host of scenic beaches, majestic
mountains, and other major attractions.
About Luzon Philippines
Luzon's area is 104,688 square kilometers, making it the world's 17th
largest island. It is the fourth most populous island in the world.
Located on Luzon are the country's capital, Manila, and its most
populous city, Quezon City. The island is very mountainous and is home
to Mount Pulag, the second highest mountain in the country and Mount
Pinatubo, Mayon, and Taal Volcano, Luzon's most famous volcanoes. To the
west of Luzon island is the South China Sea (Luzon Sea in Philippine
territorial waters), to the east is the Philippine Sea, and to the north
is Luzon Strait containing Babuyan Channel and Balintang Channel.
Departmen of Tourism (DoT) Regional Director Ronaldo Tiotuico said that
based on the survey results gathered from a selection of accredited
hotels and other accommodation establishments in the region, Central
Luzon Philippines posted the highest volume of visitor arrivals in
history equivalent to a more than 24 percent growth rate in room
occupancy for the entire 2008.
The region posted some 530,802 visitors during the period January to
December of 2008 compared to only 427,364 during the same period in
Of the total volume of arrivals, tourists from the US ranked no. 1 with
some 36,326 arriving in the region while Japanese tourists ranked no. 2
with some 11,891 arrivals, overtaking the South Koreans with 8,778
arrivals last year.
Translated into dollars and cents receipts, the arrival figures for 2008
amounted to more than US $200 million in gross revenues for tourist
expenditures made on accommodation, food and shopping.
It is estimated that tourists each spend some US $99 per day of stay in
the region on the average. Thus, the region posted a high P10 billion in
total revenues which gave a vast economic head-start for
tourist-catering establishments like hotels, resorts and restaurants.
More hotels were established during the year while thousands of jobs
were created as a result thereof.