President Benigno Aquino III is keeping the goal of bringing in 10 million foreign tourists to the country by the time his term ends in 2016. “We remain committed to breaching the 10-million mark by the time my term ends in about two years and one month,” he said in a keynote speech at the UN World Tourism Organization-ASEAN International Conference on Tourism and Climate Change in Albay.
“We met our target for 2016 five years ahead of schedule. This pushed us to set our sights higher,” President Aquino told his the delegates and other participants at the Oriental Hotel in Legazpi.
He said the sector has reached the 35.5 million domestic travellers target by 2016 “five years ahead of schedule” and adjusted a new goal of achieving 56.1 million travellers.
President Aquino said his administration aims to “mainstream climate change adaptation with local, sectoral and national plans, all of which will consequently guide the development of tourist destinations and tourism activities per locality.”