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    Will Manila summit attract foreign tourists?

    A GOVERNMENT official on Saturday said the Philippines succeeded in attracting interests of foreign visitors through the World Economic Forum (WEF) on East Asia, which was held in Manila from May 21 to 23.
    Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) secretary Gregory Domingo said the holding of WEF on East Asia in the country for the very first time will change a lot of negative perceptions about the Philippines.
    “A lot of them have never been to Philippines. Many of them have been here long ago. They are surprised; positively surprised on what they see here,” Domingo mentioned.
    “The quality of people -- they are quite sophisticated. Infrastructure is more advanced than what they’ve thought. It’s more modern than they thought, and you can see the way the service are provided, the way how people interact with them, it’s a higher level of sophistication than what they were expecting,” he cited.
    Domingo said many foreign participants have expressed desire to come back in Philippines with their experience in the regional summit in Manila.
    “They will come back here for business, for pleasure,” he said.
    The DTI chief also mentioned that after WEF participants witnessed the development of the country’s economy, the Philippines achieved to attract their interests to do business here.
    “To see is to believe. Obviously, there were lots of high level businessmen (and) officials that were here. There were lots of interactions among business people as well as with the government. I think as a result of this, a lot of movements are going in terms of business,” Domingo noted.
    He also said holding the WEF East Asia meeting here is an indication that many of WEF members are interested in the Philippines.
    WEF on East Asia meeting is one of the international events that Philippines will be holding for the next three years.
    Next year, the country will be hosting Asia Pacific Economic Community (APEC) meeting which is larger than the WEF on East Asia.
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