With a new president in the Philippines, a new policy for tourism is in the making. The election of Rodrigo Duterte last June translated into a new government taking over the power in the Philippines. The elected president already declared in his speech to the nation his commitment to tourism, making it a priority sector to the country’s economic development.
With inbound tourism growing at an estimated annual rate of around 5% and tourism revenue in 2015 of US$9bn, the country’s government has launched an active plan to encourage growth in the industry, set to boost revenue to an annual rate of US$30bn by 2025, and part of this will come from an active plan to improve relations with France. IFTM Daily was honoured to speak with Iranian Vice-President and head of Cultural Heritage, Handicrafts and Tourism Organisation, Masoud Soltanifar, whom we asked to tell us more about the plan