Top Philippine Travel Destinations of 2009

Find out the 14 most popular tourist destinations in the Philippines in 2009! A recent survey by the Department of Tourism revealed that tourist traffic reached 8.9 million last year or a 14% growth. Cebu, known for its excellent beaches, festivals, and heritage destinations, attracted the most tourists followed surprisingly by Camarines Sur, which experienced the largest growth in tourist arrivals among major destinations, and then by Metro Manila, the primary international gateway of the Philippines.

Tourist Volume in Major Philippine Destinations in 2009

Destinations Foreign Domestic Total Growth Rate
Cebu 624,666 911,316 1,615,982 1.2%
Camarines Sur 308,235 1,258,212 1,566,447 117.3%
Metro Manila 968,849 479,334 1,442,183 6.8%
Baguio City 40,758 729,429 770,187 -5.5%
Davao City 55,090 614,774 669,864 2.2%
Boracay 217,288 432,271 649,559 2.4%
Cagayan de Oro 29,553 330,334 359,867 10.4%
Zambales 76,203 247,068 323,271 4.8%
Bohol 97,926 215,391 313,319 10.9%
Puerto Princesa City 27,026 241,916 268,942 21.3%
Camiguin 9,490 258,286 267,776 5.8%
Cagayan Valley 12,570 254,392 266,962 0.11%
Negros Oriental 46,708 193,491 240,119 8.7%
Ilocos Norte 12,758 180,334 193,092 5.4%
Total 2,521,100 6,426,548 8,947,648 14.2%