Published on : Friday, December 14, 2018
The Department of Tourism (DoT) of Philippines backed away from its full-year target of 7.4 million visitor arrivals, saying that the six-month closure of Boracay means the department’s new stretch goal is in the low 7 million range.
The tourism officials made the announcement in releasing the 10 months to October visitor arrival total of 5.88 million, up 7.43%. The Tourism Secretary Bernadette Romulo-Puyat told that the 2018 visitor total is likely to surpass that of 2017, but the department may not meet its target. The arrivals for 2017 totaled 6.6 million.
The new, downgraded target means the number of visitors to the Philippines is roughly equivalent to the number of people who visit the Eiffel Tower each year.
The Tourism Undersecretary Benito C. Bengzon, Jr. said that the target for 2019 is 8.2 million, subject to the final review of the National Tourism Development Plan (NTDP) next year.