THE Capitol-run Mambukal Resort in Murcia, Negros Occidental earned P1.189 million during the Holy Week, Governor Alfredo Marañon Jr. said, adding that the figure is higher compared to last year’s P1.085 million.
The governor said that 17,366 people flocked to the resort from April 13 to 16, posting an increase of 2,619 visitors, or 17.75 percent from 2016’s 14,747.
During the four-day break, Mambukal arrivals peaked on Easter Sunday with 5,628 visitors. It also earned P362,085 in revenues and P204,310 in entrance fees on that day.
On Holy Thursday, the resort earned P249,534 in revenues and P150,064 in entrance fees, with 4,134 guests; Good Friday with P253,550 in revenues and P138,535 in entrance fees, and 3,816 visitors; and Black Saturday with P324,265 in revenues, P137,505 in entrance fees, and 3,788 guests.
Marañon said the province has a great future in tourism as it has a “downstream effect” on other industries like food and transport.
“Almost everyone could benefit,” the governor added.
Meanwhile, the P84.8-million renovation and construction of the resort started earlier this year.
In 2016, Mambukal earned P24.905 million after the resort’s revenues reached P62.305 million, or 10 percent higher than the 2015 figures.
It incurred total expenses of P37.4 million in 2016, leaving the resort with a P24.905-million profit.
Located in Barangay Minoyan, Murcia, Mambukal Resort had 439,132 visitors in 2016, with an increase of 21 percent compared to the 362,361 vistors in 2016.
Mambukal has “a big mountain stream, fed by several tributaries, descends in a series of seven waterfalls and cuts through the center of the resort, feeding the water holes and boating lagoon,” its website said.
The resort also “boasts a number of hot sulfur springs whose medicinal waters are a balm for the weary flesh and continually feels the warm dipping pool Ishiwata Bathhouse and the newly-constructed Japanese Ofuro.”
Of the resort’s P62.305 million in revenues last year, majority was earned from catering services with P16.414 million.
Other top collections came from entrance fees amounting to P15.939 million and rentals from local government-owned cottages worth P10.656 million.