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Published on : Monday, November 28, 2016
In the Philippines, the Duterte administration is being asked to upgrade the infrastructure facilities for attracting big spenders in tourism market. Samie Lim, vice president at the Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry (PCCI) said, “We need to upgrade our facilities to attract the mid- and high-end market, which spends $2,000 to $4,000 per visit for truly exciting world-class destinations.”
He said that although the Philippines has some of the best resorts in the world, till now it has attracted only the mid- to low-end tourists, who spend less than $1000 on a trip. In 2015, there were 5.36 million international tourist arrivals, with guests staying for 10.5 days on an average. Around 20 million international tourist arrivals are expected in the next decade. However, among the ASEAN countries, the Philippines ranked 6th out of 10 in terms of international tourist arrivals.
Hence, Lim said that they need to build capacity for 20 million tourists by 2026. PCCI has also urged the government for developing a second airport in Clark, Sangley or Bulacan; improve the Cebu airport to become the hub for Visayas and build a new international gateway in Davao for the Mindanao cluster. Lim also proposed three distinct tourist districts. A report by the WTTC showed that the country’s travel and tourism industry contributed a total of P1.43 trillion to the economy in 2015, which is equal to about 10.6% of the country’s GDP.