APEC 2015 HOSTING SPUR PHL TOURISM SECTOR, SAYS PALACE OFFICIAL

MANILA — The country’s hosting of the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit has boosted the tourism sector as the number of visitors surged especially this month, a Palace official said.

The APEC 2015 National Organizing Council held the APEC meetings in different parts of the country to showcase the Philippines’ tourist sites.

“Nagsimula po ng Disyembre noong nakaraang taon, at nakaikot na po ang ating mga delegado sa iba’t ibang napakagagandang tanawin dito sa Pilipinas,” Deputy presidential spokesperson Abigail Valte said in a radio interview on Saturday.

“Dinala po sila sa Iloilo, sa Cebu, sa Tagaytay, sa Bataan, sa Boracay, at sa Bacolod din po nakapunta sila. Talagang naikot po ng napakaraming delegado ang Pilipinas, hindi lang po ang kanilang mga economic leaders, but more importantly the thousands of delegates that we have hosted in the last year,” she told dzRB Radyo ng Bayan.

Valte said the Department of Tourism even surpassed the 10,000 target for November and posted 11,000 arrivals.

The 11,000 tourist arrivals did not include APEC delegates who arrived in the country in the past year, she said.

For the APEC CEO Summit, organizers expected 800 participants but the actual number of delegates reached 1,300, Valte said.

The participants included businessmen, CEOs, high-level business managers from all over the 21 APEC economies who attended the CEO Summit in Manila.

“Talagang napakagandang exposure po ito at firsthand experience para sa kanila na makita ang Pilipinas sa ngayong panahon,” Valte said adding it was really a big boost for the tourism sector.

Aside from APEC, the Philippines hosted the ADB International Conference in Manila, two years ago. Prior to that, the country became the venue for the World Economic Forum East Asia Summit held in Manila.

“Nagbi-build up po ito at nakikita po natin ‘yung return ng mga ganitong international event at ang exposure na ibinibigay nito sa sa paglago ng turismo,” Valte said. PNA