Published on : Thursday, March 23, 2017
The Department of Tourism (DOT) in the Philippines is seeing Russia as a potential source of tourism revenue and is expecting that more Russians will drop in the country as an aftermath of promoting the country at the Moscow International Travel and Tourism Exhibition (MITT) from March 14 to 16.
To quote Wand Teo, DOT Secretary, “We have a great advantage compared to other countries because the Russians, including President Vladimir Putin, have a great respect for President Duterte and his peace and order drive, making the Philippines a safe place to visit.” At the Moscow travel expo, top tourist destinations of the Philippines such as Palawan, Boracay, Davao and Siargao were promoted.
Some 28,000 Russians visited the Philippines in 2016. Hence, the Philippines is taking a positive approach in marketing the country’s image to the Russians. Teo said, “Russians spend more than others and they stay for an average of two weeks with their families in the Philippines.” Based on the UNWTO data in 2015, Russia is the world’s sixth biggest outbound market in terms of expenditure, spending $35 billion abroad.