Philippines to attract more Russian and Indian tourists


The Department of Tourism of the Philippines is set to implement an aggressive campaign to attract more foreign tourists, particularly from Korea, China, Japan, and emerging markets like Russia and India.

Philippine Airlines’ new direct flight to New Delhi is expected to increase tourists from India. Alberto Lim, secretary, Department of Tourism, Philippines, was quoted in eTurbo News as having said that tourism revenues accounted for six per cent of the country’s gross domestic product for 2010. Lim added that the government’s pursuit of an open civil aviation industry signals that the Philippines is open for business.

The tourist arrivals recorded in the first two months of 2011 has grown 18% year-on-year to 670,000.

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