The Cagayan Economic Zone Authority has taken significant strides in creating awareness on the tourism areas of the Cagayan Freeport. Palaui Island and Anguib Beach have been gained media attention as must-go beach and island destinations. The production of Survivor: Cagayan and Survivor: Blood vs Water in the Cagayan Freeport showcased the tourism attractions of not just the Freeport but the also the Cagayan Province. Furthermore, Palaui Island was given the distinction of being among the top ten beach and island destinations in the world in 2013.
Figure 1: Tourism Arrivals per year
In 2016, the tourism arrivals reached 170,030 representing a 20% growth. The Cagayan Freeport has records an 18% average annual growth rate from the period 2013 – 2016. The growth of tourism in the Cagayan Freeport outperforms the annual average growth rate
of tourism in the Philippines that is just 10%. This trend provides investors with opportunities for locating and developing tourism in Sta. Ana.
Ranked by CNN Travel as “One of the Best Beaches in the World”, Palaui Island is a serene ecotourism sanctuary famed for its pristine domain, virgin ecosystems and geological formations, rich variety of terrestrial and aquatic wildlife, and spectacular landscapes found nowhere else. The 7,000-hectare protected island became the filming location for two seasons of the popular reality TV series Survivor. Palaui Island features breathtaking sceneries of vast grassland, 20-kilometer powdery shoreline, wide sea grass beds, coral reefs beneath crystal clear waters, extensive mangroves as well as tropical and dipterocarp forests. Taking all these natural wonders into consideration, CEZA continues to preserve Palaui’s pristine beauty amidst the economic development emerging at the mainland of Sta. Ana, Cagayan.
Envisioned to be a world class vacation paradise, the enchanting Fuga Island boasts its pristine coastline and powdery white sand beaches, crystal clear waters, excellent dive sites, rocky cliffs, rolling terrain and spectacular views of the sea, all giving the 10,000-hectare property the natural competitive edge to lure tourists and rival Maldives, Bora Bora, Waikiki, Bali, and popular tourist destinations in Europe when fully developed. The island is also has flat and undulating terrain, and is strategically located at the crossroads of international shipping routes at the Northern Philippines, making it an excellent location to be transformed into a private sanctuary like Hong Kong as a free-trade zone, Macau as a gaming and leisure hub, and Bermuda and the Bahamas as investment enclaves.
ROPALI BEACH RESORT
Ropali Point is a project managed by the real estate developer Ropali Realty Management and Development Corporation, featuring the Pozo Robo Beach, a flagship beach destination in northern Luzon at Sta. Ana, Cagayan. To address increasing demand for Resort Casino Tourism investment at the zone, RRMDC will lease its real estate projects in Santa Ana to resort casino operators. The Pozo Robo Beach features highly accessible pristine white sand beaches and thriving flora and fauna, with masterplan that includes beach resort wings, luxury boutique hotels; casinos and leisure centers; spa and wellness village; cafes, bars and dining strips along wharf; amenities for outdoor sports and activities; retail shops and boutiques; local themed villages, and mid-rise condominium community.