BAMBANG, Nueva Vizcaya: Residents and the local leadership in the coastal town of Santa Ana in Cagayan are optimistic that its tourism industry would further boom following an international news network’s selection as one of the most beautiful beaches in the world.
This Cagayan’s northern town Mayor Darwin Tobias said that “our tourism was already thriving for its various still unexplored scenic sites even before the US-based Cable News Network (CNN) chosen its Palaui Island as among the 100 most beautiful islands and beaches in the world.”
“However, the people of Santa Santa are very much thankful that CNN has put further our once obscure fishing town into the world’s tourism map,” Tobias said.
He said this has resulted in the increasing number of local and foreign tourists flocking to this place “giving residents further livelihood opportunities.”
Palaui Island is a 7,415-hectare national government-protected marine area. It is ranked 10th on the CNN list and was cited for its glorious white sand meeting volcanic rocks and blue green water.
Since May 19, the popular United States reality show “Survivor” 27th season is being filmed especially in the island’s breath-taking sites of Siwangag coves, Pozo Robo and Mapurao Point’s white sand beaches, and Anguib also known as “Boracay of the North.”
“But even before the Survivor’s shooting activities, our tourism industry is already thriving. This is because of our various natural and unexplored wonders,” Tobias said.
Also as a result of the CNN’s elevation of Palaui Island as a world-class island resort, the accommodation industry have become more competitive, according to Joan Taguba, president of the Santa Ana Hotel and Resort Owners Association (Sahara).
“We expect the continued arrival of tourists in the town. This is definitely a promising season, especially for our local tourism,” Taguba said.