More than a million Chinese tourists are anticipated to flood into the Philippines this year.
Philippine Ambassador to China, Chito Santa Romana, mentioned embassies within the nation have been being inundated with visa purposes and China may quickly be the nation’s “number one source of tourism”.
“We expect Chinese tourist arrivals to breach the one million mark this year,” he instructed reporters in Beijing yesterday (Saturday, May 13).
Tourism Secretary Wanda Teo has beforehand mentioned that her Chinese counterparts had dedicated to sending a minimum of a million Chinese tourists to the Philippines as President Duterte continues to pursue stronger ties with Asia’s largest financial system.
The authorities can be initiating bilateral talks in a bid to settle disputes over the South China Sea.
Ambassador Santa Romana mentioned Beijing’s dedication to encourage extra of its residents to visit the Philippines was already being felt in consular places of work throughout China.
“Our consular offices and different consulates in China – in Shanghai, in Guangzhou, in Xiamen – are all flooded with a deluge of visa applications compared to the year before,” he mentioned.
“There is a crying need for more personnel because they have to work on weekends and work overtime especially when the Chinese holidays are approaching.”
As issues stand, South Koreans are the nation’s high source of tourists with 305,052 arrivals, adopted by the USA, with 179,898. China is at the moment in third place with 164,199 arrivals.
The Department of Tourism has additionally thought-about providing visa-free journey to Chinese tourists in a bid to additional improve numbers visiting the nation.