DOT sees tourism sector employing 34 million Filipinos by 2028
MANILA, Philippines — The Department of Tourism (DOT) said that one of its goals is to become the “tourism powerhouse” in Asia in the near future.
According to a statement by tourism secretary Christina Frasco at the Global Tourism Economy Forum in Macao on Friday, the country’s tourism industry foresees employing over 34 million Filipinos by 2028.
“The Philippines envisions itself becoming the tourism powerhouse in Asia. A few years down the road, by 2028, we foresee that tourism would have been able to employ a total of over 34 million Filipinos in the country,” Frasco said.
She added that the department’s current priorities are sustainability and infrastructure development to encourage more tourists in the country.
“Sustainability and tourism have been an absolute necessity and the driving force of development for our country,” she added.
Frasco said that part of the infrastructure included waste management as well as moves to include digitalization in tourist destinations. A mobile application will also be launched for tourists.
“We take a long hard look at what are the essential pillars to ensure the long-term development of these destinations: basics, such as sewerage systems, water systems, waste management, and as well as the introduction of digitalization in the operations of tourism communities all over the country which is why, shortly, we are launching a Tourist Life Cycle App called “Travel Philippines” that will give opportunities for our tourists to be connected directly to our tourism destinations,” she said.