2012 growth in domestic tourism exceeds 2016 target


Tourism growth, led by a better-than-expected increase in domestic travel, is set to contribute more to overall economic expansion this year, Tourism Secretary Ramon Jimenez Jr. said at the Philippine Economic Briefing on Wednesday.

Jimenez said tourism accounted for about 7 percent of the total economy in 2012. With anticipated increases in domestic tourists as well as incoming foreign tourists, the sector is expected to account for 11 percent of the economy by 2016.

More importantly, Jimenez said, tourism could account for 18 to 20 percent of employment nationwide by the end of President Aquino’s term.

Locally, Jimenez said the Philippines has surpassed its target of 35.5 million passengers by 2016. “We already had 37.5 million domestic trips in 2012,” he said.

Given the record last year, he said President Aquino has approved a new target of 44 million domestic trips by 2016.

The challenge, according to Jimenez, was to build the right infrastructure to accommodate tourism growth. He said that the tourism sector expected about 7,000 new rooms to be built from this year to 2014.

However, even at this pace, Jimenez said there would still be a gap of more than 20,000 rooms by 2016.

On the other requirements, he said there was a “devoted budget annually for tourism roads and infrastructure, a program we have with DPWH (Department of Public Works and Highways).”

Tourism is one of the growth drivers identified by the Aquino administration as a job generator that could make growth inclusive by spreading income opportunities to the countryside.

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  • rodben

    Pag uwi kasi naming mga OFW’s ay gawaing mamasyal dahil bayad ang vacation namin ng foreign companies….pero ang kawawa yong mga kabataan sa Pinas na dahil sa walang magawa sa buhay dahil sa minsan lang may trabaho pag kumita ng kunti nag momotel kasama bf/gf pag nabuntis parehas tambay….yon ang problema sa maraming motel sa boung bansa…

  • lagalag

    Mas masarap talagang mag biyahe sa sariling bansa, ang mga Pilipino staffs sa mga hotel ay very hospitable unlike in Hongkong or Macau.

    There’s more places to visit in the Philippines. So go and spend time with your family by travelling locally, makakatulong pa tayo sa economy and sa mga kababayan natin.

    Go,go,go soar high Philippine same goes with Philippine Stock Exchange

  • pinoypower

    If local tourism is on the rise it simply means that more and more people are able to afford travelling. Certainly a sign of an improving economy. Kung noon ang Boracay ay for the rich and famous ngayon it’s becoming for every ‘Juan’.

    • RJ Legaspi

      I completely agree! Also, if we do not have that much to spend why don’t we visit nearby attractions? For those in Manila, We usually spend hours in the mall but why not in the museums, in Intramuros, in Luneta Park or even in the zoo? Every single peso we spend on these places goes a long way. We help the guides in museums, the souvenirs shops in Fort Santiago and even those who sell “palamigs” in the park. 

  • RJ Legaspi

    As much as my time (and money) permits, I would visit as many places in the Philippines as I could. I would spend and invest the money I earned overseas in the very shores I was born. 

  • Bobby Espedilla

    Our living is 99 percent connected with the mining (it must be responsible mining) and it can generate 7 million direct and indirect employment in 4 years. Sayang mayaman tayo sa miniral na bigay ng Dios sa Pilipinas.

    • pinoypower

      The topic is tourism and you’re talking about mining as if you are a mouthpiece for the industry. No matter how responsible mining is, you cannot deny that it harms the environment and causes miseries on the lives of the very people whom you said are being employed. Tourism and agriculture benefits more people than mining and these are more sustainable and less harmful to the environment. 

  • SpyderNeo V. Parker

    Please ordinary respected people and the government when an economy of the nation especially tourism is on the rise be careful about the problem of pollution and never neglect infrastructure which is really needed by our respected tourist…  Without them we will not rise please show gratitude to them by providing good infrastructure so they would be comfortable and comeback again every week in our nation…  ACTION PLAN:  LONG TERM GOAL NOT MILLISECOND GOAL…

  • carlcid

    Agriculture and tourism provide the greatest opportunities for economic growth because they are starting from a low base. There is almost nowhere to go but up. Government should provide abundant support to these two sectors. They can provide the impetus that will propel the Philippines to greater prosperity.

  • Jean Claude

    Marami naman talagang magagandang lugar sa Pilipinas kaya lang mahirap puntahan. more infrastructure projects sana. 

  • alvin

    go go go philippines,for our better future

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