The Philippines and China will forge an agreement that will help the Southeast Asian country lure more tourists from Asia’s biggest economy.
The two countries will sign a memorandum of understanding on tourism at this week’s state visit of President Duterte to China, said Tourism Secretary Wanda Corazon Teo.
Last year, Chinese arrivals to the Philippines rose more than 24 percent to 490,841, data from the agency showed.
From January to July this year, Chinese tourists who visited the country totaled 422,801, the third biggest next to visitors from South Korea and the US.
Organized tours from mainland China are scheduled within the next two months, following the visit of 2,000 tourists from Guangzhou to Boracay on board Royal Caribbean cruise ship Legend of the Seas.
Attracting more tourists from China will help the tourism department’s efforts to boost arrivals in the country.
“We target 12 million annual international visitor arrivals in 2022. Hopefully, we would no longer lag far behind our Asian neighbors in terms of tourism” Teo said.