Number of Tourists Who Visit the Philippines
Department of Tourism Secretary Alberto A. Lim is positive that the department will be able to meet its year-end target of 3.3 million tourists due to the current market uptrend despite challenges.
“The DOT remains unperturbed even by the recently-issued travel advisories from six countries. Together with the Philippine National Police (PNP), Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) and the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA), the various interviews given are summarized as “no imminent danger.
“As courtesy and precautionary measure, alert levels are raised and efforts doubled to ensure safety and security of the public and visitors; and, an appeal to the respective governments has been aired for the review and lifting of said advisories,” said tourism Secretary Lim.
Over the weekend, the United Kingdom had given its clarification and, hopefully, the other countries will follow, even as President Benigno Simeon Aquino III himself has vowed to take up the issue in a forthcoming summit of state leaders in Japan.
Foreign advisories by some countries brought about the hostage taking of Hong Kong tourists last August 23 slowed down Philippine tourism a bit but the industry has since picked up and is on the way to full recovery.
“I am most happy to share that industry performance for the first seven months of the year gives us hope in attaining our year-end target of 3.3 million visitors,” Secretary Lim said.
Lim added that visitor arrivals reached 2.3 million, registering a 14.99 period growth rate over the same period last year, a clear indication that the Philippines remains a favorite among foreign tourists.
Brimming with optimism, the tourism chief said, “Even if we incur a slowdown in the months following the tragic hostage taking incident, we are optimistic that November and December figures will be on the rebound as historical peak periods.”
Statistical data show that all months of the year have shown increases with July and August indicating the highest growth rates at 24.6 percent and 22.1 percent, respectively.
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