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Zambales tourism picks up in 1st half of 2022

Zambales welcomed record tourist arrivals in the first half of the year, in a sign that tourism is picking up in the province.

With a total of 520,291 tourists from January to June, that has exceeded Zambales’ first semester records in the last three years, officials said.

Zambales Governor Hermogenes Ebdane Jr. said domestic tourists, mostly from Metro Manila, were returning in huge numbers to Zambales attractions, which include mountain camps and seaside resorts.

“We have everything that tourists would want—from waterfalls and rivers to beaches and islands. And they can enjoy all of these in relative safety and comfort even under the continuing pandemic,” Ebdane said.

“If the growing arrival trend continues until the yearend, we may even outdo this year the pre-pandemic levels as far as visitor arrivals is concerned,” he added.

Based on data from the Zambales Provincial Tourism Office, some 503,161 domestic visitors and 17,130 foreign tourists visited Zambales from January to June this year.