Manila: The Department of Tourism (DOT) is spending $500,000 to promote the cruise industry.
Currently, there are 14 cruise lines operating in the country. “Half of them are visiting for a day, while another half involves multi-island operations,” Tourism Undersecretary for Tourism Development Danilo G. Corpuz said.
The government is rolling out a raft of incentives to try and attract more cruise calls amid an increasingly competitive Asian cruise scene.
“Incentives include a more streamlined procedure in terms of the immigration system and the improvement of tourism activities in the ports of call that the passengers visit,” Corpuz explained.
He said he expects to see an eightfold increase in the number of cruise passengers in the next five years.
“Our plan is to increase the current 20,000 annual cruise passengers to 100,000 within five years,” Corpuz said.