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Given the natural, cultural, and human resrouce endowments of the Philippines, tourism has been identified as an important sunrise, globally competitive industry by the national government. Tourism development can have strong proverty reduction effects in remote and rural areas. It has been calculated that for every foreign tourist that visits the country and spends about a thousand dolars, one job for one year is supported. Each dollar US$1 spent by a tourist to pay for accommodation services gets multiplied 2.1 times.


Travel and tourism is currently the fourth largest source of foreign exchange revenues. From 2000 to 2009, the average annual spending of US$2.2 billion by international visitors contributed 43.5% and 4.8% to the service export and total export revenues of the Philippines, respectively. [ Read This Chapter ]


Tourism's contributions to the economy can be magnified considerably if the country can increase the volume of international visitors, which is still extremely low in comparison with top Asian country desginations. [ Read This Chapter ]

Spooking tourists

30 March, 2017 at 11:59

As the “mummies” started piling up last year in the administration’s vicious war on drugs, several foreign diplomats told me that investors and travel industry players had expressed concern about the situation in the Philippines.

CIAC seeks release of P2.8-B airport development...

2 March, 2017 at 11:30

The government should release Clark International Airport (CRK)’s P2.89-billion development fund immediately now that flights and passengers have increased versus 3-5 ago, urged Clark International Airport Authority (CIAC) President and CEO Alexander Cauguiran.

PCCI seeks government action on dual-airport policy

24 February, 2017 at 14:00

The Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry (PCCI) is urging the government to come up with an airport policy and masterplan for the aviation sector to address issues of connectivity and congestion, as well as promote regional development and sustainable growth.

Airlines use Clark for strategic expansion

24 February, 2017 at 13:00

Local and foreign airline companies have started to use Clark International Airport (CRK) to boost their strategic expansion.

DOT eyes better distribution of air passenger...

20 February, 2017 at 15:45

Starting this year until the end of the Duterte administration in 2022, the Department of Tourism (DOT) expects an even more equitable distribution of air-passenger traffic, as the popularity of secondary destinations in the Philippines increases.

Sangley airport complements Clark – ARRC

17 February, 2017 at 12:00

The country needs two international airports, with one located in Sangley and another in Clark, to serve passengers in the northern and southern parts of Luzon as well as cope with future demand…

San Miguel’s Ang Offers $14 Billion Airport...

17 February, 2017 at 11:00

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Gov’t urged to implement multi-airport system

17 February, 2017 at 10:12

The government is urged to implement a multi-airport system policy in the greater capital region while accelerating the development of Clark International Airport instead of the proposed dual airport system


13 December, 2016 at 08:00

I participated in last week’s Tourism Summit and was reminded again that Tourism is the economic sector with the highest potential to create inclusive growth, through employment generation and economic development in remote areas across the archipelago.

Still more fun in the Phl?

24 November, 2016 at 12:30

They are scrapping the three-year-old tourism promotion campaign that is just starting to catch the world’s attention. But it’s still more fun at the Tourism department since the new administration took over.

Travelers now allowed to bring out up...

30 August, 2016 at 18:00

Travelers to and from the Philippines would be allowed to bring in and out as much as P50,000 worth of legal tenders starting next month, the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) said yesterday.

[VIDEO] Businessmen laud Duterte’s 1st SONA

27 July, 2016 at 14:01

Despite that perceived repercussions for miners, most other business groups give President Duterte a high mark for his first address to the nation. – Business Nightly, ANC, July 25, 2016

Can the Philippines Stay on Track?

16 May, 2016 at 17:30

Under President Benigno Aquino III, the Philippines has recovered its economic credibility. As the democracy of more than 100 million people faces elections in May…

More port calls seen for cruise tourism

21 April, 2016 at 13:30

The Department of Tourism (DOT) expects cruise tourism to exceed the port calls in 2015 as the agency continues to expand avenues amid air connectivity issues in the country.

DOT rolls out comprehensive plan for cruise...

18 March, 2016 at 16:00

The Department of Tourism (DOT) has expanded its avenues to attract more tourists as it completed the National Cruise Tourism Development Strategy amid air connectivity issues in the country.

Health for everyone

14 March, 2016 at 10:22

The next debate of the presidentiables is on March 20 in Cebu. Four issues are to be covered: health, education, fighting corruption, and disaster preparedness/climate change.

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