International arrivals grew 14.1 percent to 238,941 in April 2006 from 209,381 a year ago.
International travel showed a strong recovery this year, after a dramatic decline in 2009 at the height of the global financial crisis. The Geneva-based International Air Transport Association (IATA) said international air traffic passenger demand rose 9.5 percent in February while cargo demand grew 26.5 percent.
Bohol attracts Chinese tourists. Officials of the Department of Tourism (DoT) have presented the island-paradise of Bohol as “focus destination” in Beijing recently, according to a report by Manila Bulletin. Leading the promotion of Bohol as the heart of the “It’s More Fun in the Philippines“ slogan is the Bohol Tourism Council.
Bohol is at the cusp of a “great leap forward” economically – anchored on eco-tourism, agriculture and soon business process outsourcing, said DoT.. Bohol has two universities and a host of good colleges to provide qualified personnel for the hospitality and call centre markets.
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.
About 28 new tourism projects worth PhP36.3 billion have been endorsed by the Department of Tourism for fiscal incentives from the government. Once these projects are completed, some 15,567 jobs are expected to be generated. The bulk of new investments, amounting to PhP 29 billion are in the Tourism Economic Zones. These include the Eagle Entertainment City, Bagong Nayong Pilipino Entertainment City, Embarcadero de Legaspi, Akean Resorts and Ilawod Estate Tourism Economic Zone.
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