Philippines invests in tourism growth

PHILIPPINES – In an effort to attract over four million visitors to the Philippines this year, the Government has allotted more funds to its tourism sector.

Philippine Secretary of Budget and Management Mr Florencio Abad announced the government funding, stating that a total P182.2 billion has been allotted to building better infrastructure to entice visitors to the country, Sun Star reported.

“The Aquino administration has envisioned a sustainable and well-designed tourism program for the country,” Mr Abad said.

“A robust tourism sector can fuel up the economy so we can provide more jobs in local communities, as well as raise our national profile as a premier tourist destination.”

Mr Abad said the ultimate target of the administration is to attract 10 million visitors by the end of the President Benigno Aquino III’s term.

Department of Tourism (DOT) Secretary Ramon Jimenez said that he felt the target is “feasible and attainable”.

The construction of new airports in high traffic regions form part of the planning, including a total of P1.2 billion to be allotted to the development of the New Bohol International Airport in Panglao and a further P1billion to develop Puerto Princesa Airport.

Other funds have been allotted to the development of national parks such as ‘Rizal Park’ and the promotion of arts and cultural activities in the parks.