Tourism in South Cotabato hits new heights with 2 million visitors in 2023

Lake Sebu, South Cotabato

The Province of South Cotabato recorded an impressive 2,059,625 visitors in the year 2023, as reported by the Arts, Culture, Tourism, and Museum Unit (ACTMU).

Leading the roster of popular destinations is Lake Sebu, attracting 952,527 visitors, consisting of 843,643 Same Day Visitors and 109,064 Guest Nights. As the perennial summer capital and eco-cultural hub of the province, Lake Sebu continues to enthrall travelers.

Following closely is Tupi, recognized as the fruit and vegetable basket of South Cotabato, with 230,312 visitors. Banga, acclaimed as the resort capital of the province, secured the third spot with 221,726 visitors. Surallah, renowned for its Tri-People Monument, claimed the fourth position, drawing in 180,725 visitors. The City of Koronadal rounded up the top five with 169,095 visitors.

Other towns in the province also made noteworthy contributions to the tourism surge, with Norala recording 123,048 visitors, Tampakan – 109,679, T’boli – 45,474, Polomolok – 17,014, Sto. Nino – 6,419, and Tantangan – 3,606.

The Arts, Culture, Tourism, and Museum Unit also disclosed that Same Day Visitors for 2023 experienced a 1.05% increase from 1,836,221 to 1,855,557. Simultaneously, Overnight Guests for the same period surged from 177,640 to 220,984, marking a substantial 24.4% growth. This positive trend underscores South Cotabato's expanding allure as a vibrant and diverse tourist destination.

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