The Department of Tourism (DOT) is optimistic that it will meet its target of 3.3 million tourist arrivals in 2010, despite the hostage crisis and travel warnings issued against the country this year. The AFP reports that there were 2.84 million tourist arrivals in the Philippines from January to October, 15.85 percent more compared to the same period last year.
"Growth in some markets boosted the performance vis-à-vis last year’s. We are looking at roughly an additional 455,000 tourists which November and December as traditional peak months can deliver," DOT Secretary Alberto Lim said, according to the AFP.
After Hong Kong blacklisted the Philippines following the hostage crisis in August that left eight Hong Kong nationals dead, Lim said they focused the Philippine campaign in China, Russia, Japan, Britain and the United States. Special police units were also deployed in popular tourist destinations in the country.
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