TOURISM BACK ON TRACK. Clark Freeport Zone ranks second in the Regional Distribution of Overnight Travelers for 2021, contributing 77.22 percent of the total tourist arrivals in Pampanga. (CDC Communications Division)

CLARK FREEPORT ZONE, Pampanga (PIA) — Clark Freeport Zone contributed the biggest percentage of tourist arrivals in Pampanga in 2021, according to Department of Tourism (DOT).

Records from Office of Tourism Development Planning, Research and Information Management showed that Clark logged 640,353 tourist arrivals in 2021, or about 77.22 percent of the province’s tourist arrivals. 

Clark Development Corporation Tourism Promotions Division Manager Noemi Julian said the increase in the number of local visitors can be attributed to increased guests in hotels and restaurants, and return of organized sporting events inside the Freeport brought about by the easing up of health and safety restrictions, and wide-scale Covid-19 immunization. 

“People are now more confident in travelling to other places including family outings, reunions, attending face-to-face workshops and seminars, participating in organized sports events, and other outdoor activities,” Julian said. 

Meanwhile, Clark International Airport reported a total of 9,964 visitors, which equates to 6.08% of Pampanga’s tourist arrivals. 

This increased domestic tourism by 38.16% from 26,982,233 trips in 2020 to 37,279,282 trips in 2021. 

In Central Luzon, Clark Freeport Zone also ranked second in terms of regional distribution of overnight travelers. (Marie Joy Carbungco/PIA 3)