Puerto Galera
PHL is the “Most Desirable Beach Holiday Destination” at WTF



On behalf of the Philippine Department of Tourism and the Philippine Consulate General Shanghai, we would like to extend our biggest appreciation to all our industry stakeholders and supporters for the Philippines’ strong market performance in Eastern China despite the lingering effects of the global financial crisis, and AH1N1 virus travel scare.


While many countries are having a decline in Chinese visitor arrivals (with the Chinese outbound travel market growing by merely 1.9% for the first 3 quarters of this year), the Philippines is posting a 40% growth  in terms of visa issuances for travel to the Philippines from Eastern China for the first 9 months of 2009.


Our chartered flights to the Philippines have also increased to 42% as of September 2009, compared to 2008 figures. Apart from the continuing Shanghai-Cebu charter program on China Eastern Air, new routes have been opened this year for short-term service from Shanghai to Boracay on Shanghai Air, and Hangzhou to Boracay on Philippine Airlines.


Another Philippine carrier, Zest Air, is planning to open service to Shanghai to add to the daily flight frequency of both Philippine Airlines and Cebu Pacific.


Other chartered flights are being worked out to tap the other important jump-off points in Eastern China such as Nanjing, Wuhan, including Chongqing and Chengdu which are covered by the Philippine Tourism Office in Shanghai.


The Philippines remains optimistic and aggressive in the Chinese market for the coming year,  specially with its expanded promotional programs in line with the Shanghai World EXPO 2010. 


With all these big developments, we are very happy that the Philippines was also chosen as the “Most Popular Destination in Asia” at the World Travel Fair in Shanghai in April 2009.

Another prestigious award-giving body, the World Traveller Media also selects the Philippine Tourism Office for “Top Tourism Board for Innovation” at the 2009 World Traveller Awards.