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Bohol Welcomes First Cruise Ship for 2024, Boosting Tourism

Bohol celebrated the arrival of its first international cruise ship for the year, as CMV Vasco de Gama, owned by German cruise line Nicko Cruises, docked at Tagbilaran City seaport on Jan. 10. A total of 1,500 mostly German guests and 588 crew members were greeted with a cultural festival. Showcasing traditional Filipino dances.

During their visit, passengers explored Bohol’s renowned tourist destinations, including the Chocolate Hills, historic churches, and Loboc River, before departing at 4 p.m. The 22-day Asia Cruise of Vasco de Gama included stops in Manila, Coron, and Puerto Princesa in Palawan, along with Bohol.

Bohol’s cruise tourism, which began in 2005, has seen regular visits from renowned cruise ships. The arrival of CMV Vasco de Gama reaffirms Bohol’s capacity to host international tourists. The provincial government, along with the Department of Tourism, provided support for the ship’s arrival.

Governor Aris Aumentado expressed optimism about more tourist visits, emphasizing Bohol’s recognition as the first and only global geopark in the Philippines by UNESCO. Despite the challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic, Bohol aims to attract more visitors. Building on the success of hosting cruise ships.

In 2023, Bohol recorded 742,990 tourist arrivals, a notable increase from previous years. The province’s commitment to tourism recovery remains strong, with expectations of additional international cruise ship visits in 2024.

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Written by Ruben Licera

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