The Philippine Department of Tourism is now preparing for Visit Philippines Year 2015 (VPY 2015) which was announced during the 17th Meeting of ASEAN Tourism Ministers in Sarawak, Malaysia last January 2014. VPY 2015 or Visit Philippines Year 2015 will coincide with the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Ministerial Meetings and Leaders’ Summit in 2015 and a preparation for the Philippines hosting of ASEAN Tourism Forum in 2016.
2015 Visit Philippines Year
Visit Philippines Year 2015
The Philippine Department of Tourism is now preparing for series of Visit Philippines Year 2015 events which will include exhibition of Proudly Filipino painting and graphic arts, cinema, performing arts such as dance, music, and theater, as well as unveil more historic treasures, national wonders, breathtaking adventures, exquisite products, and ecotourism activities, for visitors to come and enjoy the promise of “more fun in the Philippines.”
Philippine Department of Tourism Secretary Ramon “Mon” Jimenez expects an increase in visitor arrivals from Hong Kong now that ties between Hong Kong and Manila are back to normal.
Filipinos, Local businesses and civil society are encouraged to promote Visit Philippines Year 2015 and contribute to the tourism sector by showcasing and promoting the culture of tourism. More facilities and attractions in premier tourism destinations are being upgraded to invite more tourists and potential investors.
Philippine infrastructure projects include road construction and repairs primarily on those destinations near the major tourism sites. Tourism Destination included in 10 strategic “international tourism gateway clusters” was awarded a budget allocation of P30-billion for 2014. Siargao Island in Caraga Region is currently having a road improvement project to attract and offer convenience to international surfers and visitors who are planning to visit the island.
This year, over 23,000 tourists from international cruise ships visited Bohol while the total number of Cruise Ships that included Cebu and Bohol increased to 23 compare to 17 of last year. The Department of tourism prepares a welcome reception and farewell activity for arriving cruise ships to make tourists’ visit unique, fun, and memorable.