Philippines is one of the largest archipelagos in the world located in Southeast Asia in the western Pacific Ocean. A country comprising 7,107 islands with Manila as its capital city. The country is categorized broadly into 3 main geographical divisions namely, Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao. These geographical divisions are comprised of small and large islands with Mindanao as the largest among them. Its population was estimated about 92 million people, making the Philippines as the world's 12th most populous country.
The country contains a myriad of different cultures and influences from the western world rather than from its nearby Asian cultures. Most of these influences are the products of previous colonization from Spain and USA, a little from Japan, and with other influences from Chinese people who migrated to the country.
Philippines is a famous tourism destination for foreigners because of its amazing natural wonders, beautiful beaches, and warm people. The country is known for its glorious beaches, some of which are now preserved for luxury resorts catering world class businessmen and famous people. This helps the Philippine tourism further strengthen its competitive edge not just in the Asia-Pacific region but globally.
The Filipinos are worldly known for their hospitality, for being talented people and hard-working. They are also very courteous specially to the elderly people. It is only in the Philippines where you can hear younger people use special names as a sign of respect to elder people even if they are not closely related by blood.
Philippine tourism started to flourish in the 1970's to the 1980's but somehow started to slow down in the middle of 1980's. One of the major reasons was that the average length of stay of tourists in 1988 decreased because it was at this time when Marcos Administration declared Martial Law. It started in 1990's when signs of faster growth showed up and it is still increasing up to the present time. This gave the Department of Tourism a reason to forecast an affirmative perspective for the future years.
Tourism is one of the engines of economic development in the Philippines. At the start of the 21st century, the net income of tourism in the Philippines totaled to $2.1 billion. The emergence of Business Process Outsourcing or BPO industries, as well as the arising call center industries have also played a fundamental role in the improvement of tourism in the country. Foreign investors from big countries such as USA, UK, Canada, and Australia contributed a huge positive effect in the economy. These foreign businessmen together with their families brought a lot of tourism to the Philippines and employed a lot of Filipino people.