Wednesday, July 25, 2018

Tourism goes on well despite the closure of Boracay

Department of Tourism Secretary Bernadette Romulo-Puyat. Image credit to The Volatilian
The Department of Tourism (DOT) reports an unexpected spike of tourists visiting the country despite the recent closure of the island of Boracay.

“All-time” high as the DOT would call it, based on the DOT’s Statistics, Economic Analysis and Information Management Division recording a 10.40% increase in visits which amounts to 3,706,721 tourists that visited the Philippines from January to June 2018!

The Statistics

Korea is the highest source of tourist during the aforementioned period, with 815,683 of their own citizens visiting the country. China came next with 645,089 visits.

United States 557,833
Japan 316,060
Australia 140,260
Canada 121,098
Taiwan 120,540
United Kingdom 102,443
Singapore 91,736
Malaysia 73,633
Hong Kong 69,995
India 63, 089

The reason behind the numbers

It was a change of management that made the lemons into lemonade; Tourism Secretary Bernadette Romulo-Puyat was able to achieve credited partnerships with private sectors which is the reason behind the numbers.

Puyat humbly commended her government agency since the workers continued working hard with marketing campaigns through “aggressive actions to create new air routes and develop new tourism products” which “resulted in stellar performance.”

And despite Boracay being closed, the Secretary is still “optimistic” to hit the 7.4 million tourist target before the year ends.

The closed island  under rehabilitation used to account for 1 million tourists a year, but this isn’t stopping the DOT from reaching its goal.

In all fairness, Puyat was proud to say that,

                “We are actually on track. We are halfway of the year and we are already halfway of our National Tourism Development Plan target arrivals.”

So critics, so much for stating that the closure of Boracay would lead to an economic crisis and downfall of tourism, because newsflash, it clearly hasn’t and things are still getting started.

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Daily Pilipinas Source: Inquirer 

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