Published on : Monday, March 6, 2017
The first month of 2017 witnessed a steady rise in Chinese visitor arrival by 16.5 percent in Philippines. Data from the Department of Tourism (DOT) confirms that in January this year, Chinese visitor arrival rose to 76.5 percent to 85,948. To quote Tourism Secretary Wanda Corazon T. Teo said in a statement, ‘’ we are now seeing the fruits of President Rodrigo Roa Duterte’s reaching out to China. Doors to more economic opportunities and people-to-people exchanges are wider more than ever, now that ties between Manila and Beijing have seen a new day.
We have to keep the momentum going now that we are in the implementation phase of the National Tourism Development Plan [NTDP] for 2016-2022, which aims to unleash the potentials of our tourism industry and make it more competitive.’’
The market of Philippines grabbed the third place among the top tourism markets with a huge inflow of Chinese visitors. The Duterte administration is eyeing to attract 6.5 million foreign visitors in 2017, with an annual rise to 12 million by 2022 as confirmed by NTDP. P21.7 billion OF revenues was contributed to the country’s economy from the first month of this year. Visitors from UK grew to only 4.5 percent in comparison to 26 percent surge last year.