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Chinese Ambassador promises 1M Chinese tourists to the Philippines by end of 2017

The Year of the Rooster is boding a prosperous time for Philippine tourism, said Department of Tourism (DOT) Secretary Wanda Tulfo-Teo as she welcomed the announcement of Chinese Ambassador to the Philippines H.E. Zhao Jianhua who said he expects one million tourists from China to visit the Philippines this year.

Teo said Zhao’s forecast is consistent with this year’s goals set by the DOT and its attached agencies of attracting at least seven (7) million international visitors.
"Do you have enough hotels?" There is a strong possibility that 1 million Chinese tourists will visit the country this year, according to Ambassador Zhao, and he has a challenge for the Philippine government.
“We are emboldened to shoot for the stars by the Chinese New Year forecast, coming from such a distinguished personality in Ambassador Zhao,” Teo told reporters at the sidelines of the Miss Universe National Gift Auction on Monday night at the Conrad Hotel Manila in Pasay City.

During Chinese New Year, otherwise known as the Spring Festival, which falls on Saturday, January 28, some six million Chinese travel for leisure to various destinations within the mainland and abroad.
Teo noted the improved diplomatic relations between the Philippines and China since President Rodrigo Duterte’s state visit to Beijing last October, leading to the lifting of the Chinese restriction on travels to the Philippines.

“Following the lifting of Beijing’s advisory against travel to the Philippines, Chinese tourists came in droves by air and by cruise ships,” said Teo.

According to the latest available data, China is the third largest contributor of foreign visitors to the country totaling 630,327 in November, trailing behind Korea’s 1,331,701 and USA’s 771,849.

Teo said there is a great diversity of attractions available to the Chinese market, including the sun and beach resorts, tropical nature and adventure destinations.

She said the DOT’s attached agency, the Tourism Infrastructure and Enterprise Zone Authority (TIEZA) will continue its convergence program with the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) and the Department of Transportation (DOTr) to improve accessibility to tourist destinations nationwide.

Also, the DOT head pledged to step up tourism infrastructure and promotion for emerging attractions such as those in Eastern Visayas (Region 8). (DOT) - PIA- Raelyn Luchansky
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