Tourism generates P149 billion as COVID-19 restrictions eased

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Helen Flores – The Philippine Star

December 29, 2022 | 12:00am

MANILA, Philippines — The tourism division has generated P149 billion or $2.6 billion in revenues as of November this yr as the federal government additional eases COVID-19 restrictions, together with the necessary carrying of face masks and COVID check for arriving absolutely vaccinated people, Malacañang mentioned yesterday.

The Division of Tourism (DOT) recorded 2.46 million worldwide arrivals as of Dec. 19, greater than its goal of 1.7 million this yr.

The DOT targets 2.6 million worldwide vacationer arrivals in a low state of affairs and 6.4 million in a excessive state of affairs, the Workplace of the Press Secretary (OPS) mentioned in a press release, citing the company’s yearend report.

The company, headed by Secretary Christina Frasco, bared its seven-point agenda aimed toward enhancing tourism infrastructure, establishing cohesive digitalization and connectivity, enhancing the nation’s total tourism expertise and equalizing product growth.

To permit the Philippine tourism sector meet up with its neighboring nations, President Marcos accepted the advice of the federal government’s pandemic activity drive to additional calm down journey restrictions for inbound vacationers.

In a memorandum dated Oct. 28, Government Secretary Lucas Bersamin mentioned the President accepted the Inter-Company Job Power for the Administration of Rising Infectious Illnesses (IATF)’s Decision No. 2, recommending the lifting of pre-departure testing requirement for absolutely vaccinated arriving passengers, whether or not Filipino or international nationals.

Filipino and international nationals are deemed absolutely vaccinated in the event that they had obtained the second dose of a two-dose collection or a single-dose COVID-19 vaccine greater than 14 days previous to the date and time of departure from the nation of origin or port of embarkation, in line with IATF’s decision.

On Oct. 28, Marcos issued Government Order 7 lifting the necessary carrying of face masks in indoor settings, besides in medical services and public transportation.

The President issued EO 3 on Sept. 12, permitting the voluntary carrying of face masks outside, significantly in open areas and non-crowded areas with good air flow.

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