2018 was a turbulent year for the Philippines tourism

Published on : Saturday, December 29, 2018

2018 was a chaotic year for the Department of Tourism of the Philippines, with Wanda Teo walking out as secretary and the DOT failing to meet its target of 7.4 million tourist arrivals owing to the six-month closure of the world-famous Boracay Island.

 

“Despite the challenges that we faced (and) with the closure of Boracay – the performance (of the DOT) has been very good,” said Bong Bengzon, undersecretary for tourism and development planning.

 

From January to September, Bengzon said that the country’s economy performed well at eight percent, which is two to three percent higher than the global and Asian average growth rate. The DOT’s positive performance in 2018 was due to the overwhelming support of the private sectors that promoted the country’s tourist attractions both in domestic and international sphere.

 

President Duterte fired Teo in May 2018 a few months after she was linked in anomalies including the alleged extravagant foreign trips and the controversial P60-million advertising contract involving the production company owned by her brother Ben who had a program in the government television station PTV-4.

 

After firing Teo, Duterte assigned Bernadette Romulo-Puyat as her replacement.

 

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