Year of the Rooster lucky for tourism – DOT

MANILA-- The Department of Tourism (DOT) is expecting this year, the Year of the Rooster, to help usher in more tourist arrivals, particularly from the Chinese market.

DOT Secretary Wanda Teo, told reporters that Chinese Ambassador to the Philippines H.E. Zhao Jianhua said that he expects one million tourists from China to visit the Philippines this year.

"We are emboldened to shoot for the stars by the Chinese New Year forecast, coming from such a distinguished personality in Ambassador Zhao," Teo told reporters in an interview in Pasay City.

The agency targets to acquire around 6.5 million international tourists this year.

Teo said that diplomatic relations between the Philippines and China have improved since President Rodrigo Duterte's state visit to Beijing last October. It has also led to China lifting its travel restriction to the Philippines.

"Following the lifting of Beijing's advisory against travel to the Philippines, Chinese tourists came in droves by air and by cruise ships," the Tourism Secretary said.

Recent data from the DOT showed that China is the third largest contributor of international tourists to the country with 630,327 in November 2016, trailing behind Korea's 1,331,701 and US's 771,849. (PNA)

Source: Philippines News Agency