Philippines wants more Saudi tourists

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Saudi womenWith Philippine Airlines resuming flights to Saudi Arabia from December, tourism agencies together with the airline are now aiming at attracting more Saudi tourists to the Philippines, interestingly with the slogan “It’s more fun in the Philippines.”

The number of tourists arriving from Saudi Arabia is expected to go up “dramatically” with Philippine Airlines scheduled to operate flights to and from Riyadh starting December 1 and to and from Dammam on December 4.

According to the Tourism Research and Statistics Division at the Philippine Tourism Department, visitor arrivals from January to March 2012 reached a record high of 1.27 million, including 30,000 from Saudi Arabia. The overall increase was 10.76 per cent from 1.15 million arrivals in the corresponding period in 2012.

Likewise, visitor arrivals for March saw a double-digit increase of 11.28 per cent with 417,392 visitors compared to the previous year’s volume of 375,083. This is the fourth consecutive month that the volume of arrivals passed the 400,000 mark. No numbers for Saudi tourist were given, though.

Tourism especially for Gulf states and Saudi Arabia is, among others, promoted through the Southern Philippines Muslim-Non Muslim Unity & Development Association Inc, an international non-governmental organisation based in the Philippines.

Furthermore, the Philippine Tourism Department for the first time participated in the 5th Riyadh Travel Fair 2013 that took place in April. Manila had allocated 13 billion pesos($300 million)  to develop what it calls “Tourism Roads” all over the country.

Saudi Arabia is currently the largest hirer of Overseas Filipino Workers and has the largest Filipino population in the Middle East, estimated at up to 1,8 million, which will also contribute to the load factor on the two new Philippine Airlines routes.

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With Philippine Airlines resuming flights to Saudi Arabia from December, tourism agencies together with the airline are now aiming at attracting more Saudi tourists to the Philippines, interestingly with the slogan “It’s more fun in the Philippines.”

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Saudi womenWith Philippine Airlines resuming flights to Saudi Arabia from December, tourism agencies together with the airline are now aiming at attracting more Saudi tourists to the Philippines, interestingly with the slogan “It’s more fun in the Philippines.”

The number of tourists arriving from Saudi Arabia is expected to go up “dramatically” with Philippine Airlines scheduled to operate flights to and from Riyadh starting December 1 and to and from Dammam on December 4.

According to the Tourism Research and Statistics Division at the Philippine Tourism Department, visitor arrivals from January to March 2012 reached a record high of 1.27 million, including 30,000 from Saudi Arabia. The overall increase was 10.76 per cent from 1.15 million arrivals in the corresponding period in 2012.

Likewise, visitor arrivals for March saw a double-digit increase of 11.28 per cent with 417,392 visitors compared to the previous year’s volume of 375,083. This is the fourth consecutive month that the volume of arrivals passed the 400,000 mark. No numbers for Saudi tourist were given, though.

Tourism especially for Gulf states and Saudi Arabia is, among others, promoted through the Southern Philippines Muslim-Non Muslim Unity & Development Association Inc, an international non-governmental organisation based in the Philippines.

Furthermore, the Philippine Tourism Department for the first time participated in the 5th Riyadh Travel Fair 2013 that took place in April. Manila had allocated 13 billion pesos($300 million)  to develop what it calls “Tourism Roads” all over the country.

Saudi Arabia is currently the largest hirer of Overseas Filipino Workers and has the largest Filipino population in the Middle East, estimated at up to 1,8 million, which will also contribute to the load factor on the two new Philippine Airlines routes.

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