Philippine Tourism Investment Choices : By Location

In its quest to reach   its targets of 10 million international and 35.5 million domestic tourists by 2016, the Department of Tourism unveiled in 2012 the Philippine National Tourism Development Plan. a P265-billion national tourism blueprint .


The said Plan outlines Tourism Development Areas which can guide  investors in choosing the location for their planned tourism business.

(Legend: Lumped into 20 clusters, the Tourism Development Areas (TDA) are mostly long recognized as protected areas (PA) being natural parks (NP), marine reserve (MR), protected landscape (PL), wildlife sanctuary (WS), protected seascape (PS), protected landscape-seascape (PLS), watershed reservation (WR), or watershed forest reservation (WFR).)

Grouping Cluster Destinations Tourism Development Areas
NorthernPhilippines NP-1:  Batanes, Cagayan Coast and Babuyan Islands NP-1A:  Batanes IslandNP-1B:  Babuyan IslandNP-1C:  Cagayan Coast
NP-2:  Laoag-ViganTheme:Beach Resort, historic heritage, ecotourism, events NP-2A:  Laoag-PagudpudNP-2B:  Vigan
NP-3:  Sierra Madre NP3-A:  Tuguegarao-TabukNP3-B:  Ilagan & Isabela CoastNP3-C:  Quirino
NP-4:  Cordillera NP4-A:  Central CordilleraNP4-B:  Benguet-Baguio-Mt. ProvinceNP4-C:   Nueva Vizcaya
NP-5:  Lingayen Gulf NP5-A:  La Union CoastNP5-B:  Western Pangasinan LoopNP5-C:  East Pangasinan Circuit

NP5-D:  Lingayen Coast & Islands

NP-6:  Central LuzonTheme:
Entertainment/amusement, sports, beach resort, events, MICE, ecotourism, wellness, medical and retirement tourism
NP6-A:  Subic-Clark-Tarlac CorridorNP6-B:  Nueva EcijaNP6-C:  Pampanga

NP6-D:  Bulacan

NP6-E:  Zambales Coast

NP6-F:  Bataan Coast and Inland

NP6-G:  Aurora

NP-7:  Metro Manila andCALABARZONTheme:
MICE, Business, Resort, history, medical, and wellness, events, sight seeing, entertainment, shopping
NP7-A:  Metro Manila & EnvironsNP7-B:  Nasugbu-Looc-Ternate-Cavite CoastNP7-C:  Laguna de Bay

NP7-D:  Batangas Peninsula

NP7-E;  Quezon Coast & Islands

CentralPhilippines CP-1:  Bicol & MasbateTheme:Resort, marine, ecotourism, water sports, MICE CP1-A:  Camarines & CatanduanesCP1-B:  Albay-Sorsogon-Masbate
CP-2:  Marinduque-Mindoro-Romblon CP2-A:  Marinduque IslandCP2-B:  Romblon IslandCP2-C:  Puerto Galera

CP2-D:  Southwest Mindoro Coast

CP-3:  PalawanTheme:Coastal Island resort, ecotourism, sightseeing, MICE, adventure CP3-A:  San Vicente-El Nido-TaytayCP3-B:  Puerto PrincesaCP3-C:  Southern Palawan

CP3-D:  Busuanga-Coron-Culion Islands

CP-4:  Western VisayasTheme:
Coastal and island resort, ecotourism, marine sports, events, MICE
CP4-A:  Metro Iloilo-GuimarasCP4-B:  Bacolod-SilayCP4-C:  Boracay Island-Northern Antique-Kalibo

CP4-D:  Capiz

CP-5:  Central VisayasPanglaoIslandTheme: MICE, Business, resort, history, events, sightseeing, entertainment, shopping, ecotourism CP5-A:  Northern Cebu-Bantayan-MalapascuaCP5-B:  Metro Cebu-Mactan-Olango IslandCP5-C:  Southern Cebu

CP5-D:  Negros Oriental-Dumaguete-Siquijor

CP5-E:  Tagbilaran-Panglao

CP-6:  Eastern Visayas CP6-A:  Northeastern Leyte-Basey-MarabutCP6-B:  Northeastern  Leyte-BiliranCP6-C:  Southern  Leyte

CP6-D:  West Samar

CP6-E:  Eastern Samar

CP6-F:  Northern Samar

SouthernPhilippines SP-1:  Surigao-Dinagat Island SP1-A:  Dinagat-Siargao IslandsSP1-B:  Surigao City-Lake Mainit
SP-2:  Agusan River Basin SP2-A:  Butuan City-CabadbaranSP2-B:  Agusan MarshSP2-C:  Agusan Sur-Hinatuan

SP2-C:  Agusan Sur-Bislig

SP-3:  Cagayan de Oro Coastand HinterlandTheme:Island resort, marine sports, history, sightseeing, events, ecotourism, adventure, business, MICE, entertainment SP3-A:  Camiguin IslandSP3-B:  Cagayan de Oro-MisamisOriental CoastSP3-C:  Iligan City/Lanao del Norte

SP3-D:  Misamis Occidental Coast and (Tangub Bay / Ozamis-Oroquieta)

SP3-E:  Bukidnon

SP-4:  Zamboanga PeninsulaTheme:Resort, marine sports, events, sightseeing SP4-A:  Zamboanga SibugaySP4-B:  Zamboanga City-Sta Cruz- IsabelaSP4-C:  Pagadian City-Zamboanga Del Sur

SP4-D:  Dapitan

SP4-E:  Dipolog

SP-5:  Davao Gulf & CoastTheme:Island Resort, marine sports, history, sightseeing, events, ecotourism, adventure, business, MICE, entertainment SP5-A:  Davao City – Samal Island –Davao Del NorteSP5-B:  Davao Del SurSP5-C:  Compostella Valley – Davao


SP-6:  Cotabato-Sarangani SP6-A:  Cotabato Province – Mt. ApoSP6-B:  South Cotabato – Lake SebuSP6-C:  Sultan Kudarat

SP6-D:  General Santos – Sarangani

SP6-E:  Cotabato City

SP-7:  ARMM SP7-A:  Basilan – Tawi Tawi – JoloSP7-B:  Lanao Del Sur – Maguindanao

The above strategy divides the country into 20 thematic destination clusters, covering 78 priority tourism areas that will be the focus of massive development in four years.

Most of the investments in hotels, resorts, leisure and entertainment facilities, shopping areas, health and wellness, convention, cruise and transport facilities will come from the private sector under the public-private partnership program of the government. Private investments include the construction of 50,867 hotel and resort units from 2012 to 2016.

It will surely be more fun to be part of  this booming industry.

Source: DOTPhilippine tourism Overview and Directions

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