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All about Philippines

All about Philippines
Crescent-shaped beaches dusted with talcum powder-like sand; uninhabited tropical islands, lush impenetrable jungles bristling with unique wildlife, the thrusting soaring capital of Manila, historic cities, a diverse local cuisine and culture …the Philippines has all this and more. Go there and discover some of the 7,107 islands of this vibrant archipelago where English is widely spoken, the people are fun loving and life moves to a lilting beat.

Philippines is all set to become the ultimate destination for Indian travellers in 2015 with the launch of Department of Tourism’s Visit the Philippines Year 2015. This was announced at a press conference organised by the ministry of tourism, Philippines, at the Philippines embassy in the Capital on January 29.

The Philippines recorded a growth of 15 % during the first 10 months over the same period in 2013. With 2015 being declared as Visit the Philippines Year a rise of 20% has been targeted for outbound increase from India, this year.

The Department of Tourism (DOT) hopes to inspire 10 million foreign tourists to discover, explore and fall in love with the Philippines. After promoting destinations like Manila, Boracay, Cebu, Bohol in the Indian market, (DOT) Philippines is looking at introducing new destinations like Palawan, Clark and Davao among Indian travellers.

“What will truly sustain Visit the Philippines Year 2015 campaign are the people themselves. I urge the businesses, communities and locals, to play an active part in spreading and amplifying our messages, enticing potential visitors to come visit our shores,” said Tourism Secretary Ramon Jimenez Jr.

On this, Benito C. Bengzon, Jr, Undersecretary for Tourism Development, Philippines stated, “2015 will be celebrated as Visit the Philippines Year; it is an invitation to all to partake the enduring promise of more fun in the Philippines, 2015. It features a calendar of events and activities that are an exciting mix of parades, concerts, feasts and sports tournaments. India’s growing outbound tourist markets are an important source of visitors to the Philippines. We will convert all the opportunities to leverage our tourism product and leave no stone unturned.”

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