TACLOBAN CITY- A little known sand beach located in Biliran was the region’s most sought after among foreign tourists last year.
Based on the records of the Department of Tourism (DOT), the Dalutan Island in Almeria town was their favorite enjoying its pristine waters and white sand beach.
About 6,700 foreigners visited the white beach in Dalutan, claiming the number one spot among the region’s so-called top 10 tourist attractions.
In contrast, Kalanggaman Island in Palompon town, Leyte, considered the fast-emerging tourist site in the region, was visited by only 3,271 foreign tourists.
And apparently, foreigners appeared to be inclined in frolicking in beaches and even waterfalls in Almeria as out of top ten favorite destinations among foreigners in the region, six were located from said town, 121 kms away from the regional capital of Tacloban.
Aside from Dalutan Island, foreigners also enjoyed the beauty of the following natural attractions in Almeria: Agta Beach visited by 5,165 of them; Talahid Beach (4,955); VRC Resort (4,035); Ulan-Ulan Falls (4,012) and Sampawan Falls with 2,318 guests.
Also among the favorite attractions in the region among foreigners were Canigao Island in Matalom, Leyte; Lintaon Cave and St. Anthony de Padua pilgrimage site, both in Baybay City.
The DOT in the region, through its director, Karina Rosa Tiopes, is pushing hard to attract more tourists, both foreign and local, to visit the region still reeling the impacts of supertyphoon “Yolanda” more than a year ago.
The DOT reported of more than 3 million visitors last year, by far the highest number of tourists to come to Eastern Visayas.