Yesterday’s Business Inquirer gives the good news that the administration is working on it.
“Gov’t allots P29B for tourism infrastructure” by Riza T. Olchondra tells of P12 billion being spent this year and P17 billion in 2014 on a tourism infrastructure program to connect tourist spots to major roadways.
Being carried out by the Tourism and Public Works departments, the program—says Tourism Secretary Ramon Jimenez Jr.— is “the first time the government has set a dedicated budget for tourism infrastructure.”
The Inquirer story quotes Sec. Jimenez saying: “DPWH will be building roads in areas identified in the national tourism plan in order to improve the travel experience for tourists. This is the first time that the government has set a dedicated budget for tourism infrastructure,” Tourism Secretary Ramon Jimenez Jr. told reporters. “We want to connect tourism areas as much as we can so tourists can have a fun experience.”
Jimenez also said that the Philippines was “on track to hitting its foreign tourist arrivals target of 5.5 million for 2013. Domestic tourism, however, is seen to exceed the target 47 million for 2013.”