Albay tourism continues to grow despite Mayon Volcano’s eruption

*For illustrative purposes only, not real-time photo of the Mayon Volcano (Image by Albay Tourism's Facebook post)
  • The tourism in the province in Albay continues to grow despite the Mayon Volcano’s threat
  • Albay gained up to P5 million in tourism revenue for the past two weeks
  • Mayon started spewing ashes and rocks on January 13 as it prepared for the still ongoing eruption that began on the 22nd

The Albay Tourism Office said on Saturday that more tourists have flocked to the province compared to the previous year

As Mayon Volcano displayed its fury over the weeks, the tourism office said an influx of walk-in guests in Albay’s hotels has made up for the 10 percent of hotel bookings canceled due to Mayon’s unrest.

Albay has gained up to P5 million in tourism revenue for the past two weeks.

Within the month of January, up to 19,000 tourists have visited the Cagsawa Ruins. The site, which is in the town of Daraga, received 25 percent more guests in January compared to the previous year.

However, the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (PHIVOLCS) reminded the public that entry into the eight-kilometer-radius danger zone is strictly prohibited as “alert level 4” remains raised over Mount Mayon.

The tourism office on Wednesday provided a list of sites where tourists can safely witness the volcano’s lava fountaining: