Gov’t eyes farms as potential tourist-booster
The Department of Tourism (DOT) said it is looking at farms as one of the main attractions in drawing tourists to the Philippines this year.
Tourism Assistant Secretary Eden Josephine L. David even said the agency is expanding the number of accredited farm-tourism sites this year from the current 26.
“Our goal is for farm tourism to contribute 10 percent to the increase in tourist arrivals. If the target is 8 million [tourist arrivals] this year, then at least 10 percent of that increase [should] come from the farm-tourism sector,” David said.
“One thing we acknowledge is that Philippines, which is largely agricultural, has a potential for farm tourism,” she said, adding thats the move will open an opportunity to farmers to diversify their income base.