Thursday, 14 January 2010
LED by two British Members of Parliament, a birdwatching delegation from the United Kingdom visited the Philippines recently and vowed to return with more of their colleagues, the Tourism Department said Wednesday.
Renowned birders Kenneth Clarke QC, Shadow Secretary of State for Business, and Mark Pritchard, chairman of the All-Party Parliamentary Group, visited the Nabasan Trail and Naval Magazine Trail in Subic and the Candaba Swamp and Wildlife Reserve in Pampanga, where they saw 80 birds of which 19 are endemic to the Philippines, Tourism Secretary Ace Durano said.
“We have such a strong birdwatching market in the UK that even esteemed birders from its Parliament are raring to see our endemic species,” he said.
Full story from Manila Standard Today - HERE
Sunday, 3 January 2010
The Philippines had twice as many tourists in the first half of 2009 than in whole of 2001.
The country can thank President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo for taking an almost inordinate pride in the growth of the tourism industry. She has always believed that tourism is a major creator of jobs and livelihood opportunities.
Read more from the Philippine Information Agency HERE...