Tagbilaran is the capital and a component city of the island paradise of Bohol. It is situated some 630 kilometers southeast of Manila and 72 kilometers south of Cebu City. Tagbilaran lies on the southwestern part of the province, and has a total land area of 3,270 hectares, including about thirteen kilometers of coastline.
The City forms an elongated strip, with ridges and rolling hills, two peaks rise on both ends, Elley Hill (100-meters) on the north and Banat-i (145-meters) on the south.
There are 15 barangays comprising Tagbilaran, with an estimated population of 89,000 for the year 2003, with an annual growth rate of 3.6%. However, 41% of the entire population reside in the 4 urban barangays where trade and commerce are concentrated.
Tagbilaran City is the most appropriate to play such role having relative advantages as follows:
||The City has the only airport in the province sanctioned by the Air Transportation Office of the Department of Transportation and Communication. At present, there are two airline companies serving the province namely: the Asian Spirit and Philippine Airlines. Asian Spirit has a daily flight for Cebu and direct to Manila, while PAL has direct flights for Manila ten (10) times weekly.
||The port of Tagbilaran is the cleanest, most spacious and the best there is in Bohol. Wide range support facilities could be availed of like the terminal, impounding space, parking space and eateries. In 1998 the insular port of Tagbilaran was adjudged as one of the region's healthy port by the Department of Health. It maintains a regular route to Manila and fastcrafts plying Cebu, Dumaguete and Cagayan de Oro.
||It has the hotel facilities for visitors and tourist who wish to make a short sojourn in the City of Friendship.
Except Cebu Province which is already a recognized melting pot of the region, Bohol surpasses Negros Oriental and Siquijor in terms of volume of domestic and international visitors. No doubt all of these visitors passed thru Tagbilaran City in their visit to the Bohol tourist sites.
The most essential among the tourists' need is accommodation wherein the City of Tagbilaran is capable of meeting the demand. The more recent hotels in the city are already in par with Cebu or Manila. Easily, Tagbilaran could accommodate about three thousand visitors at one time.