China is one of the world’s largest tourism markets, and this year the country’s top five tourist spots are all in the Pacific Islands.
With nearly two dozen islands that span the Pacific Ocean, including the islands of Palawan and Bicol, as well as the tiny archipelago of Palau, China is now home to more than a quarter of the region’s total tourism revenues.
But it’s not just China’s mainland that’s driving the growth of tourism in the country.
The Philippines also is seeing a boom in visitors from the Pacific, as more and more Filipinos turn their back on the island nation in favor of visiting the big city of Manila.
The Philippines, however, is not alone in this booming tourism industry.
Several Southeast Asian nations, including Indonesia, Malaysia, and Thailand, are also witnessing a surge in the popularity of the Pacific.
As a result, they have set up their own tourism departments in each of their cities, hoping to capitalize on the popularity in the region.
The biggest beneficiary of this boom is the Philippines.
While the country accounts for just under 10 percent of the total world population, its tourism industry is estimated to generate more than $20 billion each year.
In 2016, Philippine tourism revenue accounted for over $17 billion, according to the Philippine Tourism Board.
It is this booming economy that has helped drive the country into the spotlight of the international tourism community.
“We have so many tourists in Asia, and Asia is booming.
I think in the last two years, we’ve seen that growth, and I think that’s because of the growth in tourism,” said Pauline D. C. Quezon, chief of the tourism bureau in the Department of Tourism and Culture in the Philippine capital, Manila.”
The fact that they’re all coming here to visit the Philippines, the fact that you’re seeing a significant increase in tourists coming to Manila, I think we’re on the same wavelength.
So it’s really a symbiotic relationship.”
Philippines tourism is booming as the nation’s economy expandsThe Philippines has been a tourist destination for over 100 years.
But, in the decades that followed, the country struggled to sustain the growth.
In the 1980s, the government cut its tourist numbers by almost 90 percent.
That same year, a military coup toppled the country from an ally of the United States to an enemy of the country that has a long history of military coups and assassinations.
In 1994, President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo declared martial law, which effectively banned foreign visitors from entering the country for several months.
But this has only accelerated tourism in recent years.
“You have the fact now that the economy is booming and there’s a lot of new arrivals coming here, and we have so much tourism,” Quezon said.
“So we have a lot more money here, which has allowed us to develop our tourism and our tourism programs.
And so I think our tourism has really been on the rise in the past two years.”
According to the tourism board, tourism in Manila alone reached a record high of $1.2 billion in 2016.
The country’s main tourist attraction is the Manila-Rio de Janeiro International Airport, which hosts the annual World Cup.
But Quezon says the city’s economy has also been on an uptick.
“I think it’s all about economic growth.
We have a big population of people, we have to build a better infrastructure.
And the more we can do, the better we can manage the economy,” Quezone said.
The Philippine government says its tourism growth is helping boost its economy and the country is seeing an uptick in foreign tourists, which is driving the economy.
However, the International Tourism Bureau estimates that the tourism industry in the southern Philippines accounts for more than 30 percent of GDP, or $2.3 billion.
In terms of total tourism, the Philippines accounts, at $5.9 billion, for almost half of the global total.