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24/11/2010: Tourism Attache Presents PH Government’s 2011 Tourism Promotions Plan

Pictured above is Tourism Attache Emma Ruth Yulo receiving questions from the guests.  At left, Ambassador Gaa provides the welcome remarks.

November 24, 2010, Washington, DC – The Philippine government’s tourism promotions plan for 2011 was presented to members of the Filipino-American community at a reception held at the Embassy of the Philippines on November 23, 2010.

In his welcome remarks, Ambassador Willy C. Gaa emphasized that tourism translates to jobs and revenues not just for those in the industry but to sectors that are indirect beneficiaries as well. He expressed hope that Filipinos in the United States will be encouraged even more to visit the Philippines and help promote the country to Americans.

Director Emma Ruth Yulo of the Department of Tourism-New York invited Filipino-Americans to visit the Philippines in 2011 and experience what the country has to offer.  Director Yulo noted that the United States was the number one source of tourist arrivals in the Philippines in 2009. Further, the bulk of Filipinos abroad who travel to the Philippines come from the United States, comprising an estimated 12.67% of total arrivals.

In her presentation, Director Yulo showed the natural wonders of the Philippines including the longest subterranean river in the world in Palawan, the center of the world’s marine biodiversity in Batangas and the rice terraces in Banaue as well as the luxury resorts that were recently constructed in Marinduque, Camarines Sur and Cebu to cater to the growing demand for high-end accommodations.

Director Yulo also announced that incentives await Filipinos traveling home which include special airfare packages from Philippine Airlines, hotel discounts, and city tours among others.

The guests actively participated in the open forum where they offered their insights and suggestions to the Philippine government’s tourism program. -- END