Published on : Monday, June 20, 2016
Tourism spending in the Philippines stands at PHP306.6-billion for 2015, reaching a new high in five years. As per the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA), tourism spending increased by 8.2 percent in 2015 from 4.3 percent in 2010.
Department of Tourism (DOT) Secretary Ramon R. Jimenez, Jr. attributed this growth to the positive outlook of the industry, the harmonious public and private partnership and a good marketing campaign.
DOT’s “It’s More Fun in the Philippines” slogan has been recognized worldwide, especially in social media.
Jimenez said that all these efforts combined with strong government support “allowed tourism to reach the economic heights where it is today”.
The same report showed that tourism industries have generated jobs for about 4.98 million people, with the passenger transport sector having 36 percent and accommodation and food beverage sector with 34.8 percent of total employment.