When the Miss Universe pageant was held last January 2017, the event proves to be a very fruitful year for the country and the Department of Tourism (DOT) as it attracted a total of 5,474,31 international tourists. This is a data for the first 10 months of 2017 which noted an increase of 11.54 percent compared with what was recorded in the same period of 2016 which was 4,908,017.
Now, with Secretary Berna Romulo-Puyat at the helm of DOT and with the recently opening of Boracay, these can be such factors that will show the influx of both local and international tourists who will travel our beautiful island.
Also, a factor in the increase was the growing number of Chines and Indian tourists. Add to that, Koreans who considers the Philippines as a place for education and even investment.
“Nagulat ako nung minsang nag punta ako sa Cebu para sa isang event. Nung lumabas kami para mag relax sa downtown Cebu, feeling ko nasa Korea ako dahil halos lahat ng tao sa bar, sa restaurant and sa kalsada, puro Koreans”shared Willy Oli, project coordinator for Themeactive.
A number of tourism destinations in the Philippines have also gained international recognition. Some of which were the Isla de Sta. Cruz, Puerto Princesa Subterranean River National Park and Baguio City. Isla de Sta. Cruz was even included in the National Geographic’s “21 Best Beaches in the World”
The Puerto Princesa Subterranean River National Park ranked 30thon the Cable News Network (CNN) Travel’s “50 Works of Art” list. Nominated as one of the New 7 Wonders of Nature, the Puerto Princesa Subterranean River is 8.2 kilometers and boasts limestone karst formations, stalactites and stalagmites” said CNN Travel editor Bija Knowles in her list.
Meanwhile, Baguio was included in the ÜNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization) Creative Cities” under the field of Craft and Folk Arts.
With continues efforts of the government, from the improvement of infrastructures, amendment of environmental policies and upgrade of tourism packages from both the DOT and even the tourist organizations, we can truly expect that tourists will continue to increase for the coming years to come.
With reports from: Manila Bulletin
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