Imposing Visa Requirement for US Visitors to Affect Tourism Numbers

Tourism stakeholders warned that President Rodrigo Duterte’s recent statement that he might impose a visa requirement for American tourists would affect the sector adversely. Duterte had inexplicably questioned why there was a difference in visa immigration requirements between the two countries, even though similar differences exist with all the country’s top tourist markets. Tourism accounts between 8 to 10.6% of the GDP, and up to 10% of all employment. US tourists contributed 18.6% of direct revenues in 2015. In contrast,…

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