Of Filipino warmth & hos­pi­tal­ity

Around 20 sup­pli­ers from The Philip­pines con­nected with 120+ travel agents from across In­dia, re­sult­ing in more than 3000 B2B meet­ings at Fo­cus Philip­pines 2018 in Goa.

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The De­part­ment of Tourism (DOT), Philip­pines re­cently con­ducted ‘Fo­cus Philip­pines’ at the Lalit Golf & Spa Re­sort in Goa, for lead­ing travel agents across In­dia. MA Tere­sita C Daza, Am­bas­sador, Re­pub­lic of the Philip­pines, said, “Fo­cus Philip­pines pro­vides travel op­er­a­tors with an op­por­tu­nity to con­duct ex­clu­sive, one-on-one meet­ings and gain a bet­ter in­sight on the des­ti­na­tion so as to en­able them to fur­ther cus­tomise their prod­uct of­fer­ings based on ex­hibitor in­puts, thereby tak­ing In­dian ar­rivals to the Philip­pines to the next level. Amidst the nu­mer­ous B2B the Philip­pines with des­ti­na­tion pack­ages were also high­lighted.” Elab­o­rat­ing on the trend of grow­ing tourism across the globe, she said, “As per the UNWTO Tourism Barom­e­ter In­ter­na­tional, tourist ar­rivals world­wide grew by a

re­mark­able 7 per cent in 2017 to reach a to­tal of 1,322 mil­lion. This strong mo­men­tum is ex­pected to con­tinue in 2018 at a rate of 4-5 per cent. Asia cent growth, con­tribut­ing to about 324 mil­lion tourists. Two re­gions aptly con­trib­uted to an in­crease in tourist ar­rivals to South Asia and SE Asia, thus in­clud­ing In­dia and the Philip­pines as well. If the trend is to travel, it’s an op­por­tu­nity for us to be able to pro­vide ac­ces­si­bil­ity, ameni­ties and at­trac­tions for the same.”

On tourist ar­rivals to the Philip­pines, Daza men­tioned that in 2017, some 6.6 mil­lion for­eign tourists vis­ited the coun­try, mark­ing an un­prece­dented growth for the coun­try’s tourism in­dus­try. She ex­plained, “As per a sec­ondary source, the av­er­age was 6 per cent, 8 per cent in South­east Asia and 11 per cent for the Philip­pines. This can be at­trib­uted to im­proved air routes, cruise lin­ers, im­proved in­fra­struc­ture de­vel­op­ment and travel fa­cil­i­ta­tion in the Philip­pines. The great­est as­set of our coun­try is our peo­ple who make vis­i­tors feel wel­come.”

Daza is hope­ful about di­rect Philip­pines. She said, “With some on­go­ing ne­go­ti­a­tions, we have heard that PAL is in­ter Manila to Delhi and Mum­bai. We ex­pect the op­er­a­tions to be­gin ei­ther by the end of 2018 terms of visas, the poli­cies of the past re­main. “Those who have valid visas can come in the Philip­pines for a short-stay for tourism pur­poses. We now re­quire peo­ple to ap­ply 10 days in ad­vance for visa and within eight work­ing days, we are hope­ful that they will be

Dak­ila F Gon­za­les, Head, De­vel­op­ment – In­dia, De­part­ment of Tourism Philip­pines, said, “The in­spi­ra­tion be­hind the cre­ation of the event is the huge in­crease in tourist ar­rivals of In­dian nationals to the Philip­pines. In 2017, we had reached al­most 107,000 ar­rivals from In­dia. With a tremen­dous growth rate of 22 per cent in In­dian ar­rivals, we hope to hit 130,000 ar­rivals from In­dia in 2018.”

Gon­za­les be­lieves that Fo­cus Philip­pines is an ideal plat­form where the in­ter­ests of part­ners from both the coun­tries would merge. He said, “The qual­ity agents of In­dia met with our val­ued DMCs from the Philip­pines. Re­al­is­ing fur­ther po­ten­tial to in­crease this growth, we want to stay com­mit­ted to our cur­rent part­ners and giv­ing them more knowl­edge on new seg­ments of Philip­pines tourism. At the same time, we want to es­tab­lish new Philip­pines spe­cial­ists and make them aware of how com­pat­i­ble Philip­pines as a des­ti­na­tion is for In­dia’s leisure travel.”

MA Tere­sita C Daza Am­bas­sador, Re­pub­lic of the Philip­pines

Dak­ila F Gon­za­les De­vel­op­ment – In­dia, De­part­ment of Tourism Philip­pines

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