Aquino ups domestic tourism target to 56.1M

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PROPERTY TYCOON AND THE PRESIDENT Megaworld Corp. chairman Andrew Tan briefs President Aquino on the Mactan Newtown at the launch of the property firm’s project in Cebu. The real estate tycoon shows the President the Mactan Newtown scale model during the grand launch at the Mactan Newtown Rotonda in Mactan, Lapu-lapu City, on Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2013. MALACAÑANG PHOTO BUREAU

LAPU-LAPU CITY, Philippines—President Aquino has raised the domestic tourism target for 2016 to 56.1 million travelers from the original target of 35.5 million.

Aquino on Wednesday announced the new goal at the inauguration of property developer Megaworld’s new project, “The Mactan Newtown,” here.

“Our revisions are a result of very good news I received from Tourism Secretary [Ramon] Jimenez, which I am really excited to share with you,” Aquino said.

In 2011, the government recorded 37.5 million domestic travelers, he said.

“Just to put this number into perspective, this already surpassed our original 2016 target of 35.5 million domestic travelers. Given this very positive growth in domestic travel, Secretary Jimenez and the [Department of Tourism] has raised the 2016 domestic tourism target to 56.1 million travelers,” he said.

But Aquino did not say how the government is tracking Filipino tourists, or whether the figures are based solely on plane ticket sales, or other modes of transportation such as ferries and buses.

“By then (2016), we expect that we will need more than 37,000 additional rooms in our destination clusters, which includes Cebu,” Aquino said.

Megaworld’s P20-billion Mactan project, which covers 20 hectares of prime property, is a mixed-use special economic zone, and thus enjoys tax incentives and holidays for investors.

“For example, part of this complex will include a hotel, which will help us provide the rooms to reach our revised target for domestic and international tourists,” Aquino said.

Missed target

Megaworld chairman Andrew Tan said: “In the next five to seven years, we are investing P20 billion in this township to build luxury residential condominiums, office towers, a world-class lifestyle mall, our very own Richmonde Hotel and, soon, a sports and leisure facility.”

Just two weeks ago, the President admitted in Dipolog City that the territorial dispute between the Philippines and China had taken its toll on the country’s tourism industry.

The Department of Tourism’s failure to meet its target of 4.6 million tourist arrivals last year was blamed on the tensions between the two countries over rival claims to territory in the West Philippine Sea.

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  • yxoiyiu

    Pinagbobola lang tayo ni pnoy.  Puro press releases lang siya at wala siyang concrete plan how to achieve these objectives.  

    Katulad nga ng sabi ng kanyang supporter na si columnist Boo Chanco, “If issuing press releases will bring about better
    commuter trains, new and rehabilitated airports and a Category 1 upgrade for
    our aviation sector, we would be a model in the region instead of a basket
    case. The DOTC folks are experts in hype… in keeping our hopes high and in
    making us believe they are up to the mandate entrusted to them.”

    • lucidlynx

      basahin mo yung balita. ang binabalita ay yung plano. at saka proyekto ng megaworld yung isa sa binabalita. na-eenganyo mga negosyante kasi maganda ang environment to do business now. 

      engot ka pala at utak talangka. 

      • yxoiyiu

        mas engot ka pala at hanggang ngayon ay nagpapabola ka pa rin kay pinoy.  basahin mo ulit ang headline. paano ka makaka-attract ng tourists kung ang infrastructure to attract tourists ay wala?  

  • http://twitter.com/neps365 Prince Neps

    Exciting times for the Philippines. Let us avoid “crabs” by all means. :)

    • lucidlynx

      tama. mula ngayon i’ll ignore the negative remarks unless they have a point. pero kung parehas lang ng mga nag-popost dito just to put down this government without any basis or factual information to support their allegations, mas mabuti pang palagpasin na lang.

  • GOPHILIPPINESGO

    God bless my homeland.

    God speed PNoy.

  • txtman

    >>>>>>>> RECYCLED NEWS <<<<<<<<

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    TALAGA NAMAN

    MGA HALIK PWET LAPDOG MEDIA TALAGA

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     PASALAMAT KAYO SA MGA OFW

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    • lucidlynx

      gunggong…ngayon ko lang nabasa ito. kung sa tingin mo last month pa, bat hindi mo i-provide ang link?

      at kung sakali man, 1 month old news is not really old.

      utak talangka ka!

  • FORTHE GOOD

    So inspiring to read positive news like this. I am happy that PNoy himself graced the grand launching yesterday of this P20 Billion development in Cebu.

    The good governance of President Aquino is actually working.

    May God continue to bless the Philippines

  • Lapu Lapu

    A very welcome news for mactan and cebu. Unfortunately hundreds of big time development projects in cebu does not go well with the poor infrastructure. Cebu roads are narrow, many flyover projects has been suspended. BRT project is suspended. Traffic has become worse. No proper drainage system etc. 

    the tiny mactan island on the other hand is almost full of subdivisions, factories and resorts. Roads are too narrow and poorly maintained. Most of the areas does not have proper drainage system. Traffic situation is worsening. Unfortunately there is no flyovers in mactan. They urgently need a third bridge or a tunnel to connect the mainland. 

    The nations second busiest airport need an upgrade and special road links should be constructed for hassle free access especially for the departing passengers and the general public.

    • disqus_ZrxaGjUzMQ

      OVER THE HEAD FLOODING IS NEXT BAD NEWS   WITH NO DRAINAGE OUT TO SEA

  • luvphilippines

    Rise and shine Philippines! This is another exciting destination to watch out for in cebu. As it is today, cebu ranks high as among the most livable cities in the world the P 20 Billion newtown project will definitely develop a new side of cebu.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_4R3GZTGML26TV2VGS6RVHP2THM Fred

    Ah basta, wag nyo na lang asahan mga turistang taga red china.
    Kung pupunta sila eh di bonus sa atin.
    Tuloy ang tourism campaign at marami pa namang asianong turista.

  • No Mind

    Wow! Boosting development makes our country progressive. Please preserve the indigents, never harm them, improve their lives please. they should be the reason why development is a must – lapu-lapu

  • boybakal

    Aquino ups domestic tourism target to 56.1M….

    That is way below the target, we have 100 million filipinos.
    They travel to look for a job and not to see the tourist spots to spend.

  • imongredneck

    With or without Pinoy, domestic tourism will keep going up, largely because tayong mga Pinoy ay mga paki-alamero, mga usesero. Ting nan mo yung sunog. Instead of running away from fire; we have a tendency to swarm towards it.

    • boybakal

       that is domestic tourism…

  • boybakal

    56M domestic tourism….kasama diyan umuuwi sa kanya kanyang probinsia tuwing holidays..that is domestic tourism according to Pnoy.
    Di ba Normal lang yan….ang umuwi para makita ang kamag anak…domestic tourism na pala.

    On the other hand, kung may pumunta sa beach o park for picnik…may sariling baon para tipid.
    Domestic tourism….kung ano ano ang naiimbento.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/JKS7Y3WBUOJPOMTYPCRXSKW7KM Franzeline Perdubal

    Im happy for our Cebuano brethren. Congratulations on this milestone project!

  • JasonBieber

    China is arguably the fastest growing economy in the world. China was more than willing to invest in the Philippines until PNoy took over and ruined relations with China…so not only has tourism from the Chinese stalled but i don’t think China has invested anything in the Philippines since PNoy took over.

    Actually, to be more exact…the Philippines has not seen any major foreign investor invest in the Philippines during the Aquino Administration.

  • CmdrAdobo

    Cebu is very nice place. Not so many floods and typhoons. But they have lots of nice beaches.
    Should add more popular university or the existing university should raise the bar.

  • disqusted0fu

    Targets are often missed by the Aquino administration because they do more talking than working. They do so much talk that it got the PH in dispute with China, which has greatly affected the PH tourism, and just the PH in general. Instead of fixing the situation, Pnoy makes it worse by trying to make moves behind China’s backs instead of peacefully discussing it with them since they were willing to do so anyway.

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