Philippine ink MoU with China to boost tourism

Published on : Friday, October 21, 2016

philippinesIn a bid to boost Philippine tourism, the country’s Tourism Secretary Wanda Teo will ink an Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with China National Tourism Administration (CNTA) Chairman Li Jinzao.


“We’d like them to rediscover the Philippines, the bountiful trade and industrial hub where the Chinese traders came to long before Spanish colonization,” Teo said.


Teo is also set to meet Chinese investors and tour operators in China this week to promote the country as a visitor’s haven.


Chinese arrivals to the Philippines stood at 490,841 in 2015, which is 24.28 percent increase compared to 2014’s recorded arrival of 394,951.From January to July this year, a total of 422,801 Chinese tourists arrived at the Philippines, the third largest share with 11.95 percent after South Korea and the US.


We target 12 million annual international visitor arrival in 2022. Hopefully, we would no longer lag far behind our Asian neighbors in terms of tourism,” Wanda said.


Following the visit of 2,000 tourists from Guangzhou to Boracay on board Royal Caribbean cruise ship Legend of the Seas, the Tourism Chief said more organized tours from mainland China are scheduled within the next two months.


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