• Tourism is one of the top contributors to the Philippine economy:
  • The World Travel Fair held on 9-11 April 2009 in Shanghai, China named the Philippines as the most popular destination in Asia.
  • Some of the natural wonders found in the Philippines are the Puerto Princesa Subterranean River National Park, the world’s longest underground river system accessible to man; the Banaue Rice Terraces, 2000-year old terraces carved mostly by hand into the mountains of Ifugao; the Chocolate Hills, an unusual geological formation of around 1,268 perfectly cone-shaped hills of about the same size, spread over an area of more than 50 square kilometers and many others.
  • The Philippines has been topping travel ticket sales and widespread publicity in Europe’s most influential and leading travel magazines and trade publications such as the Association Of British Travel Agents (ABTA) magazine. Click here for a virtual copy of the ABTA magazine supplement featuring the Philippines.
  • Foreign visitors in top destinations of the country during the first quarter of 2009 grew by 10.33 percent for a total of 1.3 million.
  • United Kingdom is among the top markets with 87,422 visitor arrivals, translating to a growth rate of 9.73% in 2008.
  • There is highly qualified manpower for tourism available in the country.
  • In a report in 2008, according to Forbes magazine, the Philippines has three of the world’s largest shopping malls in terms of leased space: SM Mall of Asia, SM City North EDSA and SM Megamall where the leading global brands can be found.
  • Leading global hotels such as Sofitel, Marriot, Hilton, Hotel Intercontinental, Mandarin, Hyatt, Ascott, Accor, and many others, operate across the archipelago.