Tourism arrivals in the Philippines show rising trend

Tourism Arrivals In The Philippines Show Rising Trend

The Philippines welcomed 7.13 million international tourist arrivals last year, a record surpassing the 6.62 million visitors recorded in 2017, which translates into a 7.68 per cent growth, according to the country’s Department of Tourism.

Meanwhile, for the first five months of 2019, the country welcomed 3.49 million visitors, which reflects a 9.76-per cent increase over the same period last year.

The six-month closure of Boracay island – one of the most popular tourism destinations in the Philippines – from May to October seems to have had little effect on the overall tourism growth.

The island closed down last year for a makeover, mainly to tackle pollution after the country’s president described Boracay as a “cesspool.” Installation of water treatment systems and public utilities is now complete. However, strict rules apply to meet island capacity limits. Tourists must stay in hotels and guesthouses that are registered and have passed an environmental fitness test.

Currently, 368 accommodation establishments have now been authorised for tourists to book. It gives the island more than 13,000 rooms.

Earlier this month, authorities lifted the moratorium on airline flights to the island in a move to boost visits. But restrictions on beach parties and even smoking on the beaches are being strictly enforced.  Boracay is no longer the party island is once was and travelers seeking for beach parties are heading to other Philippine beach destinations like Cebu and Siargao.

To spur arrival growth further, the Philippine government is extending tax incentives for tourism businesses another decade in order to stimulate investments in its tourism enterprise zones to help it achieve an ambitious goal of attracting 12 million foreign arrivals by 2022.

The incentives were to have expired by the end of this year. The zones are designated and supervised by the Tourism Infrastructure and Enterprise Zone Authority. They include sites in destinations such as Cebu, Palawan, Manila, Bataan, Bohol and Surigao del Norte.

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The Philippines welcomed 7.13 million international tourist arrivals last year, a record surpassing the 6.62 million visitors recorded in 2017, which translates into a 7.68 per cent growth, according to the country’s Department of Tourism. Meanwhile, for the first five months of 2019, the country welcomed 3.49 million visitors, which reflects a 9.76-per cent increase over the same period last year. The six-month closure of Boracay island – one of the most popular tourism destinations in the Philippines – from May to October seems to have had little effect on the overall tourism growth. The island closed down last year...

Tourism Arrivals In The Philippines Show Rising Trend

The Philippines welcomed 7.13 million international tourist arrivals last year, a record surpassing the 6.62 million visitors recorded in 2017, which translates into a 7.68 per cent growth, according to the country’s Department of Tourism.

Meanwhile, for the first five months of 2019, the country welcomed 3.49 million visitors, which reflects a 9.76-per cent increase over the same period last year.

The six-month closure of Boracay island – one of the most popular tourism destinations in the Philippines – from May to October seems to have had little effect on the overall tourism growth.

The island closed down last year for a makeover, mainly to tackle pollution after the country’s president described Boracay as a “cesspool.” Installation of water treatment systems and public utilities is now complete. However, strict rules apply to meet island capacity limits. Tourists must stay in hotels and guesthouses that are registered and have passed an environmental fitness test.

Currently, 368 accommodation establishments have now been authorised for tourists to book. It gives the island more than 13,000 rooms.

Earlier this month, authorities lifted the moratorium on airline flights to the island in a move to boost visits. But restrictions on beach parties and even smoking on the beaches are being strictly enforced.  Boracay is no longer the party island is once was and travelers seeking for beach parties are heading to other Philippine beach destinations like Cebu and Siargao.

To spur arrival growth further, the Philippine government is extending tax incentives for tourism businesses another decade in order to stimulate investments in its tourism enterprise zones to help it achieve an ambitious goal of attracting 12 million foreign arrivals by 2022.

The incentives were to have expired by the end of this year. The zones are designated and supervised by the Tourism Infrastructure and Enterprise Zone Authority. They include sites in destinations such as Cebu, Palawan, Manila, Bataan, Bohol and Surigao del Norte.

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