Published on : Thursday, November 9, 2017
By 2022, Philippines aim to attract over 10 10m visitors. To quote Maricon B. Ebron, deputy chief operating officer at Tourism Promotions Board, “we are sticking with the same message regarding tourism, even with the change of administration – It’s more fun in the Philippines.”
In terms of safety issues, Ebron explained that tourists should “not worry” about President Rodrigo Duterte’s anti-drug policies. “Visitors should not worry as the President’s policies are not only for the protection of citizens of the Philippines but also for the protection of our guests.”
Up till now, Philippines have witnessed a positive year in terms of growth in tourism. The nation has registered a 10.6% growth in terms of international arrivals, and from January to August 2017, greeted over 4,470,880 visitors in comparison to 4,042,049 recorded in the same time last year.
The Philippine Tourism Promotions Board anticipates this figure to surpass the targeted 7m influx by the end of 2017.
The Asian market along with Korea makes up a huge amount in terms of arrivals, representing 1.5m visitors.
China has also witnessed powerful growth; the market is up 50% with 1m tourists recorded so far in 2017.
“China is performing well because of the good relationship our president has developed with the Chinese government. Throughout 2018 we are also increasing flight capacity with the introduction of new routes from China Eastern and China Southern to Cebu.”