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Parañaque City Mayor Florencio Bernabe, Jr. (second from left) is awarded a water-themed painting by Artist Ivan Acuña; the MWSI Special Partnership Award; and a plaque of recognition from Maynilad officials (from left) President and CEO Victorico P. Vargas, Chairman Manuel V. Pangilinan, Chief Operations Officer Herbert M. Consunji and Chief Finance Officer Randolph T. Estrellado during the 5th Anniversary Celebrations of the Maynilad Water Services Inc. which was held recently at the SM Mall of Asia. The Special Partnership Award was given in recognition of the contribution of the Parañaque City Government and Mayor Jun Bernabe for the continued expansion of MWSI water services in the city. (Photo By: Jun Budlat)
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PIA Press Release
Monday, January 02, 2012

Tourism set to launch new Phl brand

by Susan G. de Leon

MANILA, Jan. 2 (PIA) -- The Department of Tourism will launch this January a new brand campaign expected to raise Philippines tourism output to new heights.

A statement by Tourism Secretary Ramon Jimenez said the new Philippine brand produced by world-renowned Batten, Barton, Durstine & Osborn (BBDO) will touch people’s heart and mind. The short and catchy slogan is supposed to replace former Secretary Richard Gordon’s “Wow Philippines.”

Jimenez said Philippine tourism performed better than expected in 2011 despite the devastating typhoons, lingering effects of the hostage-taking of Hong Kong tourists, and warnings of different embassies claiming the country is not a safe place to visit.

Despite all these, Jimenez said tourist arrival to the Philippines from January to October increased by 11.96 percent or 3,185,866 compared to the 2,845,573 in 2010 within the same period.

Based on the DOT records, July produced the biggest arrivals with 360,784 while February posted the highest tourism growth at 18.52 percent or 318,902.

The East Asian region recorded 1,511,389 visitors, which is higher over the 2010 volume of 1,283,965 arrivals with China, Korea, and Japan accounting for 1,511,389 arrivals.

The North American region sent over 604,226 this year compared to the 270,409 of 2010.

Jimenez also said the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) region is the third biggest contributor producing 270,409 arrivals, accounting for 8.49 percent of the total inbound traffic.

Arrivals from the ASEAN region grew by 14.85 percent against the arrivals of 156,617 in 2010.

The fourth biggest source by region was Australasia and Pacific with 179,874 arrivals for a share of 5.65 percent.

Arrivals from Northern Europe with an aggregate of 129,346 (4.6 percent) comprised the fifth biggest contributor of arrivals versus the 117,182 output of 2010.

The top 12 countries include South Korea, USA, Japan, China, Taiwan, Australia, Singapore, Hong Kong, Canada, United Kingdom, Malaysia, and Germany.

Jimenez also expressed optimism for tourism in 2012. He mentioned Boracay, Puerto Princesa, Baguio, and the many beautiful beaches in the Philippines as attraction to local and foreign travelers.

"We expect to bring in 3.2 million tourists, and hopefully more because of the global Asian Development Bank Conference here, which could pull in more than 4,000 delegates in April," Jimenez said. (DOT/RJB/SDL-PIA NCR)

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