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Essential information and facts about Te Philippines: Total Area


Population Median Age


Ethnic Groups Languages


Unemployment


300,000sq.km 109 million 24.1 years


Religions Roman Catholic 80%; Protestant 8%; other


Tagalog; Bisaya; Cebuano; Ilocano; others


Filipino and English (official)


Currency Philippine Peso (PHP) 10% (July 2020)


Tourism 8.26 million (2019)


Government type Presidential republic Chief of State President Rodrigo Duterte (since 2016)


Head of Government President Rodrigo Duterte (PDP Laban)


Elections Cabinet approved by president with consent of the Commission of Appointments. President and Vice President elected by simple majority popular vote for a single six-year term. Next election due May 2022.


On March 23 the government passed a law known as the ‘Bayanihan We Heal as One Act’ which granted the President emergency powers to order privately owned medical and health facilities and other establishments to house health workers and serve as quarantine or medical facilities. A second round of fiscal stimulus measures were recently introduced under the Act giving loan repayment moratorium measures.


and Reef travel bubble which includes a handful of ‘safe’ provinces with a 200 maximum visitor capacity per day.


Tere is a new online portal dubbed VIS.I.T.A (Baguio Visitor Information and Travel Assistance) for travel registration, payments, contact-tracing database and information. If Baguio travel corridor system proves a success it is expected to be rolled out in other areas around the country.


Te country’s Department of Tourism has listed several venues and locations now open such as nature parks and lakes opened to General Community Quarantine zones. Te DoT has a P1.44bn budget next year to promote the Philippines, mostly targeted at persuading locals to travel around the country.


Tourism total arrivals in the Philippines fell by 73 per cent between January and July this year from 4.8 million in 2019 to 1.3 million this year same period.


In 2019 tourism hit an all time high with 8.26 million visitor arrivals, up 15 per cent on the previous year contributing 12.7 per cent to the country’s GDP (P2.48 trillion). Te tourism sector provides jobs for 13.5 per cent of total employment.


Te largest number of tourists arrived from Korea with 1.9 million and China with 1.7 million. Other key visitors are from the US, Japan and Taiwan.


Tere were huge increases last year in the number of tourists arriving through Kalibo airport, particularly Chinese tourists with arrivals surging by 155 per cent. Tis has been attributed to the reopening of Boracay resort which underwent a ‘clean up’ project in 2018.


ENTERTAINMENT CITY Meanwhile life goes on. Tere are some 66 new


hotel properties listed for development in the Philippines according to Tophotel.com. Tis will increase the number of rooms on offer in the country by another 17,000. By end of this year 11 new hotels are expected to be open with another 14 the following year and 17 properties are earmarked for development for 2023 and beyond.


Te largest project at the moment is the Solaire Cruise Centre and will be the world’ first integrated resort with its own luxury cruise port attached.


Start of construction has been delayed by a year as Bloomberry Cruise Terminals Inc put their plans on hold for the P308m project under Sureste Properties, a subsidiary of Bloomberry Resorts Corp who operates the Solaire Resort and Casino.


Originally scheduled to open in August 2021 the new port project will accommodate two mega size cruise ships and berths for large vessels plus entertainment and dining facilities. It will stand adjacent to the Solaire Resort and Casino in Entertainment City.


Westside City Resorts World (formerly Resorts World Bayshore) is the second integrated resort of Travellers International Hotel Group Inc, under the Resorts World brand. Te development will sit in Entertainment City along with the other three integrated resorts. It will feature world class gaming areas, hotels, retail and entertainment.


Te Westside City project is being developed by NEWSWIRE / INTERACTIVE / MARKET DATA P63


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