Catbalogan tops most number of accommodations in Samar island

As Samar island’s cabecera or capital, Catbalogan City tops with the most number of accommodations in the whole island and the third among cities in the whole Eastern Visayas as reported in the 2017 Report on Accommodation Capacity Survey of the Department of Tourism – Regional Office VIII (DOT RO8) and the 2018 Countryside in Figures – Samar Province of the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA).

Tacloban tops the regional standing with 57 accommodations, Ormoc with 43, Catbalogan with 31, Calbayog with 26, Borongan with 24, Maasin with 18, and Baybay with 16.

Accommodations include hotels, resorts, pension houses, tourist inns, apartels, and homestays as categorized under RA 9593 otherwise known as the Tourism Act of 2009.

This good news can be credited to the welcoming business climate that offers tax holidays and incentives to businesses who engages in the city and its thriving economy as observed in the mushrooming of establishments, new buildings and various enterprises. 

It further emphasizes Catbalogan’s stronghold as Samar island’s commercial, trading, educational, financial and political center as enjoyed since 1616 when Jesuit missionaries established Catbalogan as the cabecera or capital and our very own St. Bartholomew Church as the residencia and mission center. 

Catbalogan City’s Tourism, Culture, Arts and Information Office (CTCAIO), which was established only in 2016 oversees the tourism program including culture and arts as well as the information management programs of the city government.

Tourism has been one of the major pillars of development of the local administration and puts sustainable tourism along with other major thrusts in its programming geared towards an equitable economic development while protecting and preserving the city’s natural and cultural assets.

(Article by Ador Hurtado)

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