Travel to and around Philippines is Rising !

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Travel to and around Philippines is Rising !

The number of tourists flocking to the Philippines and travelling within the archipelago continues to increase.

Domestic air travel grew by a third in the first half boosted by airlines’ promotional offerings to stimulate growth amid the economic difficulties, the Civil Aeronautics Board said.

While four airlines have mounted additional flights from mainland China and Taiwan to the major tourist destinations such as Cebu and Boracay beginning in the second half of the year until the early months of 2010, in anticipation of the high tourist season, the Tourism Department said.

The extra flights include the Kaohsiung-Cebu charter flight of China Airlines. China Southern Airlines mounted a twice-weekly charter flights between Guangzhou and Cebu, while Shanghai Airlines started a twice-a-week charter flight between Shanghai and Kalibo. Philippine Airlines also mounted twice weekly flights between Hangzhou, a city southwest of Shanghai, and Kalibo.

Meanwhile, data from CAB showed that domestic air passenger expanded by 30 percent to 7.59 million from January to June compared to the 5.82 million in the same period last year.
Boracay
Boracay

Gokongwei-led Cebu Pacific remained the leading domestic airline during the period, having carried more passengers at 3.6 million in the first six months of the year, up 38 percent compared to 2.6 million last year. Rival Philippine Airlines recorded a 45 percent increase in passengers flown to 3.2 million from last year’s 2.2 million.

The DoT said, “domestic tourism was up by 20 percent in the second quarter, altogether, foreign and domestic tourist arrivals in the top 16 tourism destinations increased by 16.5 percent to four million in the first half from a year ago.

The department was targeting at least three million foreign visitors this year, up from just over a million tourists in 2000. Parallel with the growth in tourist arrivals, about 8,000 hotel rooms were added in the past five years.