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PIA Press Release
Friday, January 06, 2012


DOT-CAR says 2011 a robust year for tourism

by Lito Dar

BAGUIO CITY, Jan. 6 (PIA) -- 2011 has been a robust year for the country’s tourism sector, affirmed Department of Tourism (DOT) Cordillera Autonomous Regional Director Purificacion Molintas, in a kapihan forum here, Wednesday.

According to Molintas, over 3.52 million foreign visitors came in the Philippines from January to November 2011, or a 12.66 percent increase compared to the 3.1 million recorded during the same period in 2010.

The top ten countries where foreign tourist arrivals came from were Korea, US, Japan, China, Taiwan, Australia, Singapore, Hongkong, Canada and the United Kingdom.

Molintas also stressed that though they do not have the actual figure yet as they are still waiting for the reports of the different LGUs in the region, similar growth rate trend is also noted in the Cordillera with most foreign tourists coming from Korea, US and Japan, as well as Europe.

For this 2012, Molintas, who also chairs the Regional Development Council’s Infrastructure Committee, bared that among the priority programs of the tourism department is a convergence program with the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH), involving multi-billion worth of infrastructure projects particularly on road/bridges leading to key tourism destinations in the country.

Molintas also affirmed that DOT will focus on Site Specific Product Development especially of potential tourism sites, tourism development area and tourism cluster.

In line with the DOT’s thrust of further improving the tourism sector in this part of the region, Molintas also announced that they are set to hold a Regional Tourism Congress this January 11, which aims to rollout their new policies and new guidelines, which include the convergence project with the DPWH with respect to tourism infrastructure. This will be funded under the TIEZA or the Tourism Infrastructure Enterprise Zone Authority.

According to Molintas, they have invited various speakers for the said Congress including officials from the Bases Conversion Development Authority (BCDA) that handles the development of the country’s different airports and seaports.

Molintas reiterated the invitations to all local chief executives in the region to come and attend such important event in further pushing Cordillera’s tourism industry. (JDP/LD-PIA CAR)

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