PH woos millionth South Korean visitor


The Department of Tourism (DOT) on Wednesday announced that it was wooing the Philippines’ one millionth visitor from South Korea with “exciting” tour packages that include round-trip business class air tickets, prime accommodations and tours in the best beach destinations in the country.

Last month, the tourism agency launched a six-day sales mission to Seoul and Busan in anticipation of the much-awaited visitor escaping the bitter winter cold in South Korea for the country’s tropical climate during the Christmas season.

Tourism Attaché to Korea Maricon Ebron led the Philippine contingent composed of representatives from Philippine Airlines, Cebu Pacific Air, Zest Air and and delegates from 29 hotel and resort properties.

“The sales mission was part of our promotional efforts to ensure stronger visibility in our top source market,” said Tourism Secretary Ramon Jimenez Jr. in a statement yesterday.

South Korea remains as the country’s largest source market with 832,437 arrivals or 23.93 percent out of the 3.48 million total visitors from January to October this year. The figure represented a 9.99-percent increase in the last 10 months from the numbers culled over the same period last year.

“Given that November and December are generally peak months, we are positive and confident that this year’s performance will exceed the market’s record of 925,204 [South Korean] tourists in 2011,” added Jimenez.

At the sales mission, the Philippine delegation presented to the top outbound Korean travel companies the latest developments in the country’s tourism sector, particularly investment opportunities; new offers pitched by hotels and resorts, convention sites and tourism complexes; and improvements in the country’s airport facilities.

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  • Echuserang_Froglet

    pwede ba habang iniimbita sila e turuan din sila ng gmrc sa pagiging turista. hindi porket may pera sila ay dapat bastos na noh. lalo na sa boracay. kala mo kung sino silang mga hari at reyna dun. pppppwwweeeehhhh. di naman lahat pero karamihan walang manners. aminin yan mga koreans. bwahahaha

    • legislex

      I agree with you.  I have had several bad experiences with Koreans.  For unknown reason, they seem to be a bunch of undisciplined people.  In business, you cannot rely on their word.  They always keep on changing the terms of the transaction.  They do not care about their reputation, unlike Japanese businessmen.  Gusto nila parati nakakalamang sila.  Ang akala nila sila lang ang may pera at tayo mga pulubi na nangangalilangan parati sa kanila.  

      They are known in not following the rules.  Our premiere golf clubs, Sta. Elena, Manila Golf, and Tagaytay Highlands, have unwritten rules against accepting Koreans as members.  Divemasters in Anilao, Batangas are also complaining against them because they do not follow their instructions.  As a result, many Korean divers regularly die in the waters of Batangas because they usually stray away from the group.  During my recent trip to CDO, the river rafters have the same complaints.  I hope these Koreans should learn to adopt the value of discipline.

      • DakuAkongUtin

         Dont they die if they get swellhead.

  • LuwigVonMises

    before every time i am near a korean, arabian, or a nigerian. they are so smelly like the smell of rotting egg. but today they are not that smelly anymore. maybe they learned to take a bath when they came to the philippines. haha

  • cantonese

    MILLION  prospect na South Koreans? Sus! Bale wala ang pag ka panalo sa RH bill, Imagine ilang Bastardong Fil/kor ang iiwan na mga bata dito sa atin? ay Ka Indo.

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