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Philippines Tourism Sustained Growth - DOT Report
02 July 2010

Close to four million tourists visited the Philippines from January to May of this year, a 5.37% growth compared to last year's period, Department of Tourism (DoT) report said recently.

Based from the latest statistics from the DoT, Metro Manila is the most visited destination in the Philippines, with 848,518 foreign tourists staying in accomodation facilities found in the area, followed by Cebu which posted a 4.34% growth for the first five months of 2010. RP's famed beach destination, Boracay Island, landed third with 378,694 visitors from January to May, posting a 12.15% growth rate. Boracay is followed by Camarines Sur, Baguio, and Davao City.

Puerto Princesa City in Palawan posted the biggest growth rate in all provincial tourist destination with 35.12 percent. For the first five months of 2010, nearly 74,000 tourist have visited the city, primarily to see the Puerto Princesa Underground River, a consistent top candidate in the New 7 Wonders of Nature campaign.

The DoT reports also stated that a total of 80 new accomodation facilities are expected to be opened by the end of 2010 to accommodate the growing number of local and foreign tourist visiting various destinations in the country. By 2012, 57 more will be added to the total accomodation facilities in the Philippines.

In a statement, DoT Secretary Joseph 'Ace' Durano said, “The DoT has laid down the foundations for sustained growth in tourist arrivals and investments in select destinations over the past years, creating opportunities for increased local employment and harnessing entrepreneurial capabilities of local government units and the private sector to venture into and create new tourism products and services.”

Sec. Durano added that the full implementation of the Tourism Act of 2009 will strengthen the power of DoT and spearhead the development, promotion, and conservation of the tourism areas in the country.

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Kasal.com thanks the following sources for this article:

Department of Tourism. First Five Months Report – Philippine Tourism: Sustaining Growth Momentum for the Future. (Posted June 23, 2010) Retrieved June 28, 2010

Jaymalin, Mayen, The Philippine Star. DOT reports 5.37% tourist growth (Posted June 25, 2010) Retrieved June 28, 2010

Lontayao, Rommel, The Manila Times. Tourist volume up in first five months – DOT (Posted June 24, 2010) Retrieved June 28, 2010

Philstar.com. Tourists increase in first 5 months – DOT (Posted June 24, 2010) Retrieved June 28, 2010





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