The Department of Tourism (DOT) strives to achieve a whopping 8.2 million foreign tourist arrivals for the country in 2019, Tourism Secretary Bernadette Romulo-Puyat said Thursday.
Puyat stated that the tourism agency is “very confident” that they will reach this year’s target, which was a 15 percent jump from the tourist arrivals registered in 2018 which was 7.1 million.
“We’re actually confident that we’re going to reach it because every year there’s a 15-percent increase,” Puyat said in an interview.
The Tourism chief also noted that despite the six-month closure of Boracay due to rehabilitation endeavors, tourist arrivals in the country has marked a 6.6 percent increase, from 6.6 million in 2017 to 7.1 million in 2018.
Rather Boracay, tourists went to the country’s other tourist destinations including Bohol, Siargao, La Union and Bicol.
“Even with the closure of Boracay, people discovered alternative destinations. It actually was a blessing in disguise because people realized that there are other places to go to in the Philippines not only in Boracay,” Puyat said.
She said that the opening of international airports in Bohol and Mactan, Cebu, also helped in bringing in visitors in the country.
News source: Philippine Daily Inquirer