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Holidays were changed to enhance the overall tourism experience: DOT

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The Department of Tourism (DOT) applauded President Ferdinand R. Marcos Jr.’s decision on Thursday to change the list of holidays and non-working days in 2023 to allow for more extended weekends, which might support a healthy tourism sector.

Christina Frasco, the secretary for tourism, stated that the agency has stepped up efforts to promote tourism by promoting lesser-known locations to draw more people and enhance the entire travel experience.

According to Frasco, “This holiday economics is being restored to provide longer weekends for our fellow Filipinos and for the local family to give them a chance to tour across the Philippines.” Frasco made this statement in an interview with the radio station dzBB.

The DOT will start its hotline next year because the organization wants to enhance both domestic and international tourists’ overall experiences, she said, adding that this is a new platform where visitors may request assistance when visiting locations all around the country.

She stated that the Marcos government was working to improve the general travel experience in and out of the Philippines.

Frasco stated that the DOT is also in discussions with the Department of Trade and Industry to address concerns about overpricing of goods and services in particular destinations and is working to establish an “enabling mechanism” for it.

The DTI, which has jurisdiction over these issues, and the DOT have an ongoing conversation about this, she added.

As it waits for the major source markets, like China, to completely resume their outbound travel, the industry continues to place its bets on domestic tourism. Domestic tourism revenue totaled PHP3.1 trillion prior to the outbreak.

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