India Ranks Twelfth for Tourist Arrivals in the Philippines
India has jumped up to the twelfth position for tourist arrivals in the Philippines till September this year, with over 22.40 per cent more Indians choosing the country as their preferred travel destination. According to the latest official data released by the Department of Tourism (DOT) Philippines, India was ranked as the thirteenth largest inbound market for visitor arrivals in 2014 but figures during the nine months of this year have moved India to the twelfth position.
During January-September this year, 54,565 Indian tourists have travelled to the Philippines as compared to 44,578 tourists for the same period last year, recording an increase of 22.40 per cent. The Indian market has continued to be one of the important contributors of international visitors to the Philippines. In 2014, over 61,000 Indians visited the Philippines, registering a growth of 17.14 percent. The Month of February in 2015 showed an impressive growth in arrival figures touching almost 40 per cent.
SanJeet, Tourism Attaché, Philippines Tourism Marketing Office India, says, “The growth in arrivals could be attributed to the marketing efforts and participation of the country in international travel fairs as well as the tourism infrastructure development being undertaken. We are confident that the Philippines is an ideal destination for Indian travelers and will continue to attract this market to its shores in the years to come. 2016 is another banner year as the Department of Tourism just launched the Visit the Philippines Again campaign (VPA) 2016. We want to leverage on our tourism product offerings and attract the Indian traveller to achieve our target of 100,000 tourist arrivals by 2017.”
DOT is also focusing on promoting Philippines as Leisure, Luxury, Wedding and MICE destination and on aggressive marketing initiatives promoting the exotic destinations of Philippines in the Indian market. In addition, Indian travellers holding any of the valid and current AJACSSUK visas (US, Japan, Australia, Canada, Schengen, Singapore and UK) are allowed visa free entry into the Philippines for a period of 14 days.