A study by the World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC) has included the Philippines as among the 10 destinations where tourism saw big leaps in 2012.
Experts say there’s plenty to extol about the Southeast Asian island nation: “The people are friendly, the food is great — it’s one of those places that hasn’t been overrun with tourists,” the report said.
International visitor arrivals to the Philippines increased by 10.4 percent year-on-year in the first half of 2006, led by the double-digit growth in arrivals from South Korea, China and Singapore.
El Nido Resorts in Palawan has received an award during the recently held Wild Asia Responsible Tourism Awards. The resort said it won the “Mid to Small Accommodation” category at the Wild Asia awards programme held in October 2009. Other 2009 Responsible Tourism Award winners are the ITC Mughal in India for the “Large to Mid-Size Accommodation” category and the Sunderbans Jungle Camp also in India for the “Community-based to Homestay Operators” category.
AirAsia has launched its own unit in the Philippines. AirAsia CEO Tony Fernandes said the local unit will be known as AirAsia Philippines, Inc. in which AirAsia will hold 40 percent, while the rest will be held by a group led by businessman Antonio Cojuangco.