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Camarines Sur is top tourist destination in 2012


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Press Release

Camarines Sur is top tourist destination in 2012
(PSA PR-201502-NS1-01, Posted 13 March 2015)


The province of Camarines Sur was the country’s top tourist destination in 2012, according to the latest edition of the Philippine Countryside in Figures.

Camarines Sur had a record-breaking 2.5 million visitor arrivals in 2012. It was followed by Cebu and Aklan with arrivals numbering 2.2 million and 1.3 million visitors, respectively. Cebu province attracted the largest number of foreign travelers in 2012 with 997,303 foreign visitors.  On the other hand, 42,094 overseas Filipinos preferred the province of Aklan as their vacation site. For domestic travelers, Camarines Sur was the top choice having recorded 2,005,609 domestic tourist arrivals.

Other provinces that made it to the Top 10 tourist destinations include Zambales, Davao del Sur, Negros Occidental, Palawan, Benguet, Laguna and Iloilo. Meanwhile, the province of Western Samar recorded the highest growth rate in visitor arrivals at 605.1 percent reaching 32,167 visitors in 2012 of which 87.7 percent were domestic travelers.

These statistics and other information on various economic and social indicators of the country’s 80 provinces can be found in the 2012 Philippine Countryside in Figures (PCIF) publication released today as prepared in 2014, by the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA).

The PCIF is an annual publication that contains general information and statistical indicators for the country’s 80 provinces and top 10 key cities outside the National Capital Region. The 2012 edition contains 62 tables and 15 chapters on the following indicators: 1) general information on provinces, 2) governance, 3) income and expenditures, 4) labor and employment, 5) prices, 6) finance, 7) agriculture, 8) health, 9) education, 10) communication, 11) tourism, 12) infrastructure, 13) transportation, 14) energy and 15) public order, safety and justice.

The compilation and publication of the PCIF is PSA’s response to the demand for relevant local-level statistics by its stakeholders and data users. Since its first publication in 1998 by the former National Statistical Coordination Board, the PCIF has been useful in discerning challenges and opportunities at the local level as well as in comparing the performance of provinces and key cities in different areas of interest. The PCIF particularly provides statistical information in support of bottom up development programs and policies whereby local communities can take charge of its future and define its development course. At the national level, the PCIF provides statistical information for effective implementation of national policies and programs at the provincial level through resource prioritization as well as in the differentiation of approach.

The PCIF is also available online on the PSA website ( /countryside) to facilitate retrieval and browsing of local-level cross sectional and time series data. Corresponding metadata are also provided to users for better understanding of information about the data series.

A distinctive and important feature of the PCIF is its ranking of the provinces for each indicator. For indicators where higher levels are desirable, such as employment rate and local government financial resources, provinces were ranked in descending manner from highest to lowest. On the other hand, indicators where lower levels are desired such as inflation rate and population density, provinces were ranked in ascending manner from lowest to highest.  The motivation for ranking provinces is to arouse interest and evoke action by spurring policy change or, at the very least, sparking conversation about the meaning behind these rankings.

Copies of the PCIF are available for sale at the National Statistical Information Center (NSIC) located at the Ground Floor, Midland Buendia Building, 403 Senator Gil Puyat Avenue, Makati City. For subscription and inquiries, please contact The National Statistical Information Center at telephone numbered (632) 895-2767 or e-mail address  



National Statistician and Civil Registrar General



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Mr. Precious Jose E. Baroy
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