MANILA – Tourism Secretary Wanda Tulfo-Teo is confident that the country’s already booming tourism industry will continue to grow in 2017 after the Duterte administration successfully hosted the Miss Universe pageant, its first international showcase to lure foreign travelers.
She also cited the experience of Thailand which enjoyed a surge in tourist arrivals after hosting the Miss Universe.
“Kausap ko iyung isang ambassador ng Thailand. Sabi niya sa akin, iyung Miss Universe daw was held in Bangkok. A year after the contest, 5 million tourist arrivals ang nakuha nila,” she said.
“Pangarap ko mga at least 2 million. Conservative kasi ako. Ayaw kong mag-promise ng napakalaki.”
(I talked with the ambassador of Thailand who said that a year after the Miss Universe pageant was held in Bangkok, they tallied 5 million tourist arrivals. I aim for at least 2 million. I do not want to overestimate.)
Six Philippine destinations were given worldwide exposure during the pageant: Davao City, hometown of President Duterte; Cagayan de Oro, hometown of Miss Universe 2016 Pia Wurtzbach; Vigan, Palawan, Boracay and Cebu.
Teo said she has yet to talk to President Duterte after the widely watched Miss Universe coronation held in Pasay.