Amid the turbulent socio-political climate Filipinos were set in this 2019, our country's tourism industry has only continued to boom. It recorded six million visitors from January to September, with a 14.37% increase from last year, according to the Department of Tourism's latest data. In terms of recognition, among the many of which the Philippines has received this outgoing year included the 8th spot on the 20 Most Favorite Countries in the World of the Condé Nast Traveler Readers’ Choice Awards and World's Leading Dive Destination by the 2019 World Travel Awards.
The recent data shown also meant the creation and addition of more jobs catering to our kababayans, DOT Secretary Bernadette Romulo-Puyat told ABS-CBN Lifestyle in an exclusive interview. Romulo-Puyat revealed that employment in the tourism industry was estimated at 5.4 million last year, going up by 1.8% from 2017. “Nobody would have thought before that tourism would be a contributor to economic growth. Employment in tourism is always increasing and that’s what we want,” she added. “When you go to a spot and buy a local craft, one seller would probably be able to send her child to school because of your support.”
For such reasons, DOT recently launched a bayanihan movement called Save Our Spots or SOS. With it, the agency aims to protect the country’s destinations and natural resources by encouraging travelers to be more responsible and look at our attractions from a long-term perspective.
The campaign isn't that demanding as it focuses on little, conscious efforts anyone of us can do, DOT said. Opt for reusable products, endorse proper waste management, support local crafts and services, and other things you can find in the video below—all of which can already go a long way, the agency stressed.
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