Phl marked a ‘go-to’ country for Chinese nationals

Following the decision of the People’s Republic of China to allow its citizens to travel out of China in December 2022 despite the continuing surge of Covid-19 in the mainland, the Philippines was among those identified by Chinese authorities as among “experimental” countries that Chinese tourists should visit.

According to China’s Ministry of Culture and Tourism, the country is among the 20 nations identified to be part of its pilot areas for outbound tourism group tours.

Aside from the Philippines, neighboring ASEAN nations such as Thailand, Indonesia, Cambodia, Malaysia, Singapore, Laos, as well as Sri Lanka, the Maldives, United Arab Emirates, Egypt, Kenya, South Africa, Russia, Switzerland, Hungary, New Zealand, Argentina, Cuba and Fiji are part of the selection.

“The Philippines is open and ready to welcome our friends from China as we continue to improve relations between our two nations which spans millennia. We welcome you to the Philippines and we cannot wait to let you feel the warmth of the Filipino people and enjoy our award-winning beach destinations and all our nature-based offerings. The Philippines is a country blessed with many islands, a wealth of cultural offerings, wonderful food, and the warmth of the Filipino people. And we look forward to all of you visiting our country,” Tourism Secretary Maria Christina Frasco said in response to the announcement.

Back to the Philippines

Proving that the country is welcoming to Chinese tourists, a fresh batch of Chinese visitors arrived in the Philippines on Tuesday afternoon.


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