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16 Feb, 2015

Millions of Filipinos catching travel bug | Manila Bulletin

The Department of Tourism (DOT) said traveling has now officially become the latest national craze to grip the country next to taking “selfies.”

Tourism secretary Ramon Jimenez made the statement during the awarding ceremony of the first Tourism Star Program (TSP) where he announced that 47 million Filipinos visited different local tourist spots last year.

This was much higher compared to the 45 million local tourists in 2013. “Tourism is only second to the ‘selfie’ in terms of popularity…the pandemic of taking self-portraits,” Jimenez said.

“Before tourism in the Philippines was an activity reserved only for a very small number of people. Today, it is an ever growing industry that has finally been described as a pillar of our economy,” he added.

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