TOURISM

Tourism is travel for recreational, leisure or business purposes. The World Tourism Organization defines tourists as people who "travel to and stay in places outside their usual environment for more than twenty-four (24) hours and not more than one consecutive year for leisure, business and other purposes not related to the exercise of an activity remunerated from within the place visited. DEFINITION Theobald (1994) suggested that "etymologically, the word tour is derived from the Latin, 'tornare' and the Greek, 'tornos', meaning 'a lathe or circle; the movement around a central point or axis. In 1941, Hunziker and Krapf defined tourism as people who travel "the sum of the phenomena and relationships arising from the travel and stay of non-residents, insofar as they do not lead to permanent residence and are not connected with any earning activity. In 1976, the Tourism Society of England's definition was: "Tourism is the temporary, short-term movement of people to destination outside the places where they normally live and work and their activities during the stay at each destination. It includes movements for all purposes.In 1981, the International Association of Scientific Experts in Tourism defined tourism in terms of particular activities selected by choice and undertaken outside the home. Tourism in the Philippines History Tourism Statistics[1] Foreign Philippine tourism started to flourish in the 1970s up to 1980's, but in Year Tourists the mid 1980’s, the growth of the Philippine tourism started to slow down. One of the major evidence of the slow growth is the average 1999 762.704 length of tourist stay of 8.9 days in 1988 down from 12.6 days. In 2000 869.665 1987, this growth was slower compared to other countries in 2001 1.495.339 Southeast Asia. 2002 2.106.468 2003 1.067.219 Signs of a faster growth showed up in the early 1990s. About 1.2 2004 1.285.623 million tourists visited the Philippines in 1992, which was a record 2005 1.413.883 high in the number of tourist visits since 1989. The tourism growth 2006 1.993.364 of the year of 1992 gave the Department of Tourism a reason to 2007 2.911.254 forecast a positive outlook for the future years. 2008 2.944.135 In 2000, the Philippines' tourist arrivals totalled 2.2 million. In 2003 * Excluding Filipinos it totaled 2,838,000, a growth of almost 29%, and it is expected to from Abroad grow as much as 3.4 million in 2007. In the first quarter of 2007, the tourist arrival in the Philippines grew as much as 20% in same period last year. In the period of January to September 2009 alone, the government recorded 5.2 million tourists visiting the country.

Transportation
The Philippines has different means of transportation. Jeepneys, taxis, and buses are on every main and sub thoroughfares that includes pedicabs and the thrifty tricycles that roam the city streets. MRT (Metro Rail Transit), and LRT (Light Rail Transit) are also accessible in the main commercial districts. Sea and air transport are the most popular means of transportation getting to other parts of the country. The Philippines has its airports and seaports situated throughout the country. The Philippine government is currently spending more to improve Philippine infrastructure to boost not only tourism, but also trade and commerce. Events • • • • • • • Procession of the Black Nazarene, January, Metro Manila. Ati-Atihan Festival, , January, Panay Sinulog festival, January, Cebu City Moriones Festival March-April, Marinduque. Pahiyas festival May, Lucban, on the border of Quezon City Flores de Mayo, May Pagoda-Sa-Wawa festival July, Bocaue

Famous tourist spots Chocolate Hills - are limestone hills that turn brown during the summer. Chocolate Hills are found in the island province of Bohol, which is also the home of one of the smallest primates in the world—the Philippine Tarsier. Taal Volcano - one of the smallest active volcanoes in the world, sits on a lake and is just an hour away from Manila. The fresh cool air off the Tagaytay Ridge provides a spectacular view of the lake and the volcano. Hundred Islands, also located in the Northern Philippines, is a group of more that 400 islets with coral reefs surrounding the islets. These islands are famous for their beaches and the coral reefs, which can be explored by snorkeling. Palawan is one of the most beautiful islands in the South China Sea. Palawan has natural gas fields on the northeastern part of the island but the beautiful beaches around the island remain pristine. The island is home to the spectacular Tubbataha Reef and the breathtaking Puerto Princesa Subterranean River National Park, both UNESCO World Heritage sites. Boracay Island is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the country. The island boasts a 4-kilometer stretch of white sand beach, considered to be the best beach in Asia and one of the top ten beaches in the world. Mt Apo , the highest mountain in the country located in the island of Mindanao, home to over 270 bird species. Its name means "master" or "grandfather" and is one of the most popular climbing destinations in the Philippines. An editorial is an opinion piece written by the senior editorial staff or publisher of a newspaper or magazine.

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