More hotels are getting booked in time for the world-renowned MassKara Festival next month, a government press release said.
Bacolod City Mayor Evelio Leonardia said that as early as three months before the October event, hotel rooms in the city were getting booked by local and foreign tourists who want to witness the MassKara Festival that he called the “crown jewel” of Bacolod’s tourism industry.
Hotel rooms have increased from 1,612 rooms in 2004 to 3,678 this year, the press release said.
“Robinsons Land is also building a hotel and is even adding an additional floor from its original plan. This tells us, therefore, that the tourism industry is growing and continues to grow,” Leonardia said.
Flights have also increased from four flights 10 years ago to 17 flights now going in and going out of Manila and Cebu.
“An increase in flights indicates that there is vibrancy in the economy and the industry continues to grow,” Leonardia added.
With the expected overflow of people during the festival on October 1-19, Leonardia urged the local police to prepare for the security and safety aspects of the revelers, the press release said.*Visayan Daily Star/September 27, 2011Read More