ACCORDING to Tourism Promotions Board (TPB) Chief Operating Officer Domingo Ramon Enerio 3rd, 4.8 million visitors from overseas came to the Philippines in 2014. This year, the TPB chief was even prouder to report that the country is “breaching for the first time in our history” 5.5 million foreign tourists by the end of 2015.
Indeed, tourism is now projected as an important driver in Philippine economy. And because of this, more and more are lending support to the cause, one of which is Globe Telecom.
On July 29, Globe and TPB sealed a new partnership that will further entice international visits in the country. As part of the VPY2015 campaign, all foreigners, and even balikbayans, can get free Globe Traveler SIM upon arrival at all international airports in the country until December 31.
Enerio happily announced the good news together with Globe Senior Vice President for International Business Rizza Maniego Eala at Aracama in Bonifacio Global City, Taguig.
“It is a privilege to be partnering with Globe in our endeavors to promote the country as a top tourist destination in Asia. By working with Globe, we are optimistic that more tourists in the Philippines will enjoy seamless connectivity to share wonderful moments to their friends and families anywhere around the world,” announced Enerio.
On why boost TPB’s VPY2015 with the campaign, Eala told reporters, “This is part of our advocacy in supporting the tourism in the Philippines. Individually and collectively, we should really be the ambassadors of our country [because]tourism is one of the biggest contributors to our economy.”
She further noted that Globe has been supporting various projects by the Department of Tourism for five years already, and will do so in the next coming years.
On why offer a free SIM card, Eala answered, “Communication is really is vital to ones lifestyle, especially to tourists who want it to be hassle free. And also, when they go to another country, they want a gift. So what better way than give them a free SIM.”
The Globe Traveler SIM is a local prepaid SIM card that offers local rates for calls, texts, and mobile data services, giving tourists and visitors a more convenient and affordable way to reach their contacts from around the world from the Philippines.
Getting a local SIM will afford the user a more cost-efficient way to connect than using an international number which charges international call, text and browsing rates.
With the free SIM, users can receive calls and texts from abroad for free and cut costs on mobile data by subscribing to TravelSurf, which allows them to surf the Internet on mobile for an affordable rate of $11 for seven days or $23 for 30 days, giving them access to e-mails, social networking sites, apps, and travel blogs and reviews for a worry-free stay in the Philippines. Users can also call abroad for as low as $0.40 per minute.
Tourists and OFWs can claim the free Globe Traveler SIM by presenting their non-Philippine passport, foreign resident card, Seaman’s book, or OFW E-card at any of the Globe booths located at NAIA, Cebu, Davao, Kalibo, Iloilo, and Clark International Airport.
For a year-round calendar guide for food trips, walking tours, or festivals all over the Philippines, visit www.visitph2015.com. For more information on the Globe Traveler SIM, visit www.globe.com.ph/internationa/traveling-in-the-philippines/traveler-sim.