Published on : Monday, March 27, 2017
The Philippines Department of Tourism (DOT) is trying to attract more Russian tourists to visit the Philippines. DOT participated in the Moscow International Travel and Tourism Exhibition (MITT), which was also part of President Duterte’s policy of strengthening the ties between the Philippines and Russia.
The agency is seeking an increase in Russian tourist arrivals from 25,000 in 2015 to 71,000 by 2022. It also marks President Duterte’s last year of term of office. At the fair, the booth of the Philippines drew thousands of visitors and travel professionals who were interested to know about Palawan, Boracay, Davao and Siargao.
To quote the DOT Secretary Wanda Corazon T. Teo, “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.” He stressed the firming of relations between the Philippines and Russia as highly beneficial for local tourism industry.
The UNWTO data places Russia as the world’s sixth-biggest outbound market in terms of expenditure, spending $35 billion in travels abroad. More than 28,000 Russians have visited the Philippines in 2016, which is an increase of 11.6% from 2015. Before the ruble crashed in 2014, Russian visitors in the Philippines were growing by 30% annually, which earned it a place on the DOT’s list of “high-growth target markets.”