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DOT promises to continue tourism growth after 2022

On Saturday, the Department of tourist (DOT) reaffirmed its dedication to maintaining the tourist growth the Philippines experienced in 2022, particularly by stepping up efforts for domestic travel.

The announcement follows the most recent statistics made public by the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA), which showed that the percentage of the country’s economy contributed by tourism-related direct gross value added (TDGVA), as calculated by gross domestic product, was anticipated to be 6.2 percent in 2022.

According to PSA, the TDGVA increased by 36.9% last year to PHP 1.38 trillion from PHP 1 trillion in 2021.

Internal tourism spending, including domestic and international travel, increased significantly in 2018, reaching PHP1.87 trillion in 2022, a 131.2 percent increase from PHP810 billion in 2021.

In a statement released on Saturday, Tourism Secretary Christina Frasco said, “We attribute last year’s gains, foremost, to President Ferdinand R. Marcos Jr., whose clear vision and confidence in the tourism industry sparked a strong sense of inspiration and urgency for the DOT, and all players that make up the tourism value chain — our national and local government partners, and tourism stakeholders in the private sector — to work together.”

We in the DOT realize the need for programs to make the Philippine tourism industry sustainable, resilient, and top-of-mind for the ensuing years as we continue to ride the wave of travel rebound resulting from the pandemic.

Out of all the types of tourism spending, inbound tourism expenditure saw the greatest growth, increasing to PHP368.67 billion in 2017 from PHP27.63 billion in 2021, a rise of at least 1,234.2 percent.

The amount spent on inbound tourism, including international tourists and Filipinos who live permanently overseas, contributed 5.9 percent to the nation’s overall exports in 2022 compared to a 0.6 percent share in 2021.

On the other hand, domestic tourist spending increased by at least 92.3 percent from PHP 782.57 billion in 2021 to PHP 1.50 trillion in 2022.

Maximizing domestic tourism, which has shown to be a very powerful and stable contributor to the economy, is one of our goals to be pursued during the Marcos government, Frasco stated.

“We intend to generate tourism opportunities by giving our travel and tourism stakeholders opportunities to immerse themselves in other destinations and regions and to come up with tour packages that they can dovetail with their offerings,” says the Philippine Experience Programme.

The North Luzon Travel Fair in 2022, the Mindanao Travel Expo earlier this year, and the Central Philippines Travel Fair Expo, which launched on Friday in Iloilo City, are some of the DOT’s programs targeted at promoting domestic travel.

The PSA estimates that 5.35 million people would be employed in tourism-related industries in 2022, up 9.3 percent from 4.9 million in 2021.

11.4 percent of all jobs in the nation were in the tourism sector, an increase of 11.1 percent from 2021.

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