Published on : Friday, November 8, 2013
Tourism Secretary Ramon Jimenez Jr. said foreign tourist influx to the Philippines reached a little over 3.8 million in the first nine months of 2013, moving closer to the full-year target of five million visitors this year. Europe presently contributes at least 10 percent of foreign tourist arrivals, and is seen boosting its share especially as flag carrier Philippine Airlines (PAL) has started flying back to the continent after a 15-year absence.
“Europe has been underperforming because there were limitations before,” Jimenez said, noting previous limitations on flight connectivity as well as non-portability of insurance when the blacklist on Philippine carriers in the European Union was in effect.
However, with all these concerns addressed, Jimenez said more European travelers could come to the Philippines, thereby boosting tourism receipts as European visitors typically spend more daily and stay longer.”
He also said, on average a European visitor spends much more for each day of stay in the Philippines and stays for at least eight days to as long as 16 days. This means that if more European travelers come to the Philippines, the nature and quality of tourist receipts would improve.