Tourism industry in Bataan is gradually picking up since the easing up of stringent health protocols in major tourist destinations in this peninsula replete with World War II relics and beautiful beaches.
Provincial Tourism Officer Alice Pizarro in her annual comparative report as of May 25, 2022 showed that tourist arrival in Bataan covering January to April 2022 reached 285,151; although the number is still much lower compared to pre-pandemic years, where a total of 444,351 tourists local and foreign arrived in Bataan of the same period in 2019. In April 2020 which was then the height of lockdown due to COVID-19 surge not a single tourist came to the province.In 2021, tourists started coming in again with a total of 180,487.
Pizarro said among the favorite tourist destinations in Bataan include the Mt. Samat Shrine in Pilar town, Las Casas de Acuzar in Bagac town, Camaya Coast in Mariveles town, Tourism Park in Balanga City, and beach resorts in Bagac and Morong towns. Board Member Popoy del Rosario, chair of provincial board committee on tourism, said bulk of tourist arrivals are seen during weekends in beaches in Bagac and Morong towns.
Nick Ancheta, municipal administrator of Bagac, said, picnickers from different parts of Central Luzon converge at popular beach resorts in Bagac. “There was a peak period during summer when about 300,000 beach goers came to Bagac,” Ancheta said.