WITH less than four months before 2023 ends, the Philippines tourism industry has already surpassed 75 percent of the country’s target of 4.8 million arrivals, the Tourism chief said.
Tourism Secretary Christina Garcia-Frasco announced that tourist arrivals had exceeded 3.6 million as of August 31.
She made the announcement when she graced the weekly membership meeting of the Rotary Club of Manila at the Manila Polo Club in Forbes Park, Makati on August 31.
In her keynote address, Frasco said that the services sector remains a dependable source of economic activities, with tourism as a crucial economic driver due to its ability to create jobs and livelihoods.
During the meeting, the Tourism chief shared and highlighted the recent accomplishments of the Department of Tourism (DOT) and the tourism industry.
She explained to the distinguished members and guests of the occasion that the DOT delivered these works as part of the agenda and objectives of the National Tourism Development Plan (NTDP 2023-28) of the current administration.
At the end of her presentation, the secretary invited Rotary members to continue their invaluable contributions in the economic development of the country, especially in the area of tourism.
“It is my sincere hope that with the partnership of the Rotary Club as well as its members, all of you captains of industry who contribute in one way or another to the project of nation-building, we can ensure that our country through tourism will have a primary role in Asia as a tourism powerhouse.
With this opportunity that we have before us, we can fully capitalize on and declare to the world that there are so many reasons to Love the Philippines,” the tourism chief said.
Frasco’s invitation and presence in the meeting significantly establishes the primary role of DOT as an important catalyst not only to the growth of tourism and economic enterprise but as a
vehicle in the promotion of the Philippines as a premier global destination and the Filipinos’ distinct warmth and hospitality that is renowned worldwide.
The Rotary Club is an International Non-Government socio-civic entity whose primary mission is to provide service to others, promote integrity and advance world understanding, goodwill, and peace through the fellowship of business, professionals and community leaders.
The Rotary Club of Manila (RCM) is known as the first and oldest Rotary Club in Asia founded in 1919.
Notable members of the RCM are three former DOT Secretaries, current RCM President Rafael Alunan III and RCM Past Presidents Roberto Pagdanganan and Vicente Carlos, who all
cordially welcomed Frasco at the event.
Pagdanganan introduced Frasco as a multi-awarded public servant noting her family’s devotion to public service from the time of her grandparents former Governor and Deputy Speaker Pablo Garcia and retired Judge Esperanza Fiel Garcia.
”With all these certificates under Secretary Frasco’s leadership, the Marcos administration’s goal of transforming Philippine tourism as part of Asia’s tourism powerhouses and a major economic pillar in the country’s post-pandemic program is well on its way,” said Pagdanganan.