Thanks to more than a few local residents, expats and non resident foreigners, Philippines pages on TA continue to attract many new TA visitors.
TA has now passed another milestone with more than 3000 Filipino tourist attractions listed on its database along with more than 9000 restaurants:
On top of that there are 4956 accommodation options listed on TA for Philippines. Remember that while 'hotels' and 'B & Bs/inns' shows up when one does a search, there is also the third category of 'special accommodation' which due to understandable inconsistency in classification of listings can sometimes mean the best option for a town is listed under the third, not so visible category.
It's great to see local entrepreneurs investing in new accommodation or rejuvenating existing hotels or other accommodation. The emergence of ziplines is one small example as to how tourist attractions are responding to travellers and tourists' perceived desires.
One notable advance has been that more seaside communities are starting to recognise the benefits of tourism. This shows in the creation and perhaps more important;ly the ongoing protection of marine sanctauaries. Of course the record of some communities in permitting cyanide or dynamite fishing is not always one in which they can hold their head up high, but slowly but steadily there is more attention to sensible, non alarmist ecological sustainability - not always easy in fast developing nations with large populations (Philippines c.100 million) and 25 per cent of the population in poverty.
A couple of years ago, Philippines and Poland were neck and neck on TA with regard to listings and the number of formal TA traveller reviews on the site. Philippines has steamed ahead thanks to widespread support from those of you who create ongoing income for other Filipino families and individuals by sensibly travelling and touring.
Tourism is starting to be a fairly major contributor to Philippines' annual gross domestic product. Long may it help Filipinos to further empower themselves, challenging as this always is. Thank you to TA's founder and hardworking Boston, USA based staff!Edited: 12 April 2014, 12:49