DOT targets 10 million foreign tourists by 2016


The Department of Tourism (DOT) is projecting tourist arrivals from abroad to hit 10 million by 2016, in addition to the 56 million domestic visitors.

According to the DOT, those targets can be attained by improving “tourist products, destinations and infrastructure” based on the recently unveiled National Tourism Development Plan (NTDP).

The tourism plan was presented at Asian Institute of Management (AIM) on Thursday.

According to the DOT, the total of 65 million targeted visitors will be possible if there is development and marketing of the different tourist attractions in the Philippines.

“[There is a] need for developing and marketing competitive tourist products and destinations, improving infrastructure and improving institutional governance and human resources in order to achieve its goals,” the DOT stated.

The tourism department also said that the cooperation of other government agencies, businesses and the academe is essential for the “drive to sustainable growth” of the country’s tourism industry.

It added that aspiring entrepreneurs can contribute to the development of the tourism industry by establishing small businesses in sectors like education, events and medical tourism.

“These can create new jobs for more communities, and help out more Filipinos,” the DOT said.



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