Oslob and Cebu tourism revenue fell to 3.4 million pesos in 2021 due to pandemic – Manila Bulletin

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Tourism revenue from Oslob and Cebu fell to 3.4 million pesos in 2021 due to the pandemic

CEBU CITY – Revenue generated by Oslob, Cebu from tourism decreased significantly in 2021 due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Oslob, a fourth-class municipality that has gained worldwide notoriety due to its whale shark watching activities, earned just 3.4 million pesos from tourism activities in 2021.

Figures are based on the 2021 Annual Audit Report from the Commission on Audit (COA).

The city’s income in 2021 is much lower than the 38.3 million pula earned in 2020, the year the pandemic started. In 2019, the city was able to generate 190.2 million pesos.

According to the COA report, whale shark watching activities remain the town’s main revenue-generating asset. The report showed that Oslob’s whale shark sighting activities only brought in P2,798,210 in 2021.

Apart from whale shark watching activities, the city also derives revenue from other famous tourist destinations such as Sumilon Island and Luka and Tumalog Falls.

Before the global pandemic hit, the city drew hundreds of tourists to the coastal barangay of Tan-awan to catch a glimpse of gentle giants known locally as “butandings”.

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