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