South Cotabato records 1.5 million visitors in 9 months of 2023

SG Farm in Municipality of Tupi is one of South Cotabato's most visited tourist attractions.

South Cotabato province has been attracting a growing number of visitors, with the total count for the first nine months of 2023 reaching an impressive 1,489,772. Data compiled by the Arts, Culture, Tourism, and Museum Unit (ACTMU) highlights the province's thriving tourism sector.

ACTMU revealed that September alone welcomed 141,020 visitors, pushing the total count beyond 1.4 million. The figures were a result of combined efforts to promote the province's cultural, natural, and recreational attractions.

September's statistics included 121,411 Same Day Tourists (Excursionists), who explored the province's many offerings in a single day. Additionally, there were 19,609 Tourist Arrivals (Overnight Guests) who chose to stay longer and savor the hospitality and beauty of South Cotabato.

Foreign visitors to South Cotabato reached 149. Americans led the list with 49 visitors, followed by Indians (22), South Koreans (14), Japanese (12), and New Zealanders (10). The province's diverse and captivating landscapes, coupled with its unique cultural heritage, have been drawing the attention of travelers from around the world.

Governor Reynaldo S. Tamayo Jr. expressed his enthusiasm about the burgeoning tourism industry in South Cotabato. He remarked, "These numbers are a testament to the appeal and charm of our province. South Cotabato is not only a place of natural beauty but also a destination that showcases the rich culture of our communities."

The local government, in collaboration with the private sector, has been working to create an environment conducive to tourism growth. Improved infrastructure, enhanced services, and a commitment to preserving the natural environment have all contributed to the province's attractiveness as a tourist destination.

South Cotabato remains steadfast in its efforts to welcome visitors and provide them with memorable experiences. The province's appeal continues to grow, positioning it as a promising tourism hub in the Philippines.

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