The Philippine Department of Tourism (DoT) has surpassed its 2022 arrival target as of October 17, with 1,767,791 foreign visitors on record.
The DoT’s target for the full year was 1.7 million.
Sharing the news at the Philippine Tourism Industry Reception, tourism secretary Christina Garcia Frasco vowed “to work relentlessly towards ushering the Philippines into a primary tourism position in the ASEAN and the world”.
Philippine president Ferdinand R Marcos, Jr expressed confidence in the country’s tourism recovery and cited the industry’s crucial role as a high potential driver for the transformation of the country’s economy.
“Very early on, even before I took office, in consultation with our economic managers, with private businessmen, it became very clear that as we transform our economy, one of the high potential drivers for the transformation of the economy is tourism.
“We must immediately do all that we can to make sure that this asset that the Philippines has, be used to bring good jobs to people and to once again re-introduce the Philippines to the world,” he said in his address.