Philippine tourism to reach P1.2 trillion

The Department of Tourism (DOT) is projecting revenues from domestic tourism to hit P1.4 trillion in 2014, higher by P110.6 billion compared to 2013 earnings due to the projected increase in the daily expenditures by domestic tourists.
The DOT estimates domestic tourists to reach 47.7 million in 2014 up from 44.1 million in 2013. The average length of stay of local tourists remains at approximately five nights.
The increasing number of local travelers could be attributed to the promotions and expositions being held by the Philippine Travel Agencies Association (PTAA) which has been organizing the annual Traveltour Expo to be held this year at the SMX Convention Center in Pasay City on February 14 to 16.
The PTAA has been holding travel tour expo since 1993 varying from inbound and outbound expos until it decided to promote both inbound and outbound tourism in the latter years, said TTE Executive Director Marciano Ragaza.
Previous editions of the expo have seen an increasing presence of domestic tourism suppliers such as local airlines, domestic tour operators, hotels and resorts in the various islands as well as provincial tourism councils which showcase the various destinations around the Philippines. Very affordable offers and unique packages await those looking to see discover more of the islands.
The 21st Traveltour Expo, which promises to be the biggest and most diverse in terms of exhibitors, will be held at Halls 1 to 4 at the ground floor of SMX and the Function Room 5 at the 2nd Floor and will feature a total exhibition area of 11,480 square meters.
The expo will feature 53 travel agencies and tour operators, 27 airlines, five cruise lines, 96 hotels and resorts, 14 embassies and travel organizations and six theme parks.