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From only 19,101 Saudi visitors in 2009, the Philippines attracted a record 38,969 last year, a growth of 104 percent. Last year’s total was a growth of nearly 29.7 percent from the previous year, while the average growth of visitor arrivals since 2009 has been at 19.8 percent.
The consistent increase has been helped by the Embassy’s tourism promotion activities in the Kingdom, in partnership with Saudi travel agencies accredited with the Philippine Department of Tourism.
In April 2013, the Philippine Embassy in Riyadh and the Philippine Department of Tourism participated in the Riyadh Travel Fair. The event drew 998 visitors, with many inquiring about holiday packages to prime destinations like Boracay, Palawan, Bohol’s Chocolate Hills and Panglao Island, and Davao’s Pearl Farm.
In December 2013, representatives from the Department of Tourism (DOT) visited the Kingdom to formally launch the Philippine tourism in Riyadh. The event was attended by tourism officials from the Saudi Chambers of Commerce and tour operators in Riyadh and nearby regions.
Also, the DOT, in coordination with the Philippine Tourism Office in Dubai, held a familiarization tour of Manila, as well as Tagaytay, Clark and Subic, for selected Saudi travel agents. It was an opportunity for them to personally see the rich experience available in the Philippine tourism destinations.
This year, the Department of Tourism and the Philippine Embassy will be participating in the Riyadh Travel Fair 2014 from April 12 to 16, and will also hold promotion activities in the Eastern Province.