Mark your calendars, Malacañang, DOT cite more long weekends in 2024 to boost domestic tourism

102 million domestic trips contributed P1.5 trillion to domestic tourism expenditure.

Philippine tourism is poised for a prospective uptick in the year ahead with the anticipated series of extended weekends throughout 2024. 

Tourism Secretary Christina Frasco expressed her optimism as long weekends being a catalyst for a substantial boost. “Amid the remarkable resurgence of our country’s tourism industry, characterized by 5.45 million international visitor arrivals in 2023, there’s an overwhelming sense of enthusiasm among travelers eager to make up for lost time, engaging in what has come to be known as ‘revenge travel.’ This fervor aligns with the steadfast strategies outlined in the Philippines’ National Tourism Development Plan (NTDP) 2023-2028, aggressively pursued by the DOT,” said Frasco. 

“We see these upcoming extended weekends as a timely opportunity, specifically advantageous in propelling our domestic tourism forward. I extend my heartfelt appreciation to President Marcos for recognizing the pivotal role these breaks play in not only revitalizing but also sustaining our vital tourism sector, which remains a cornerstone in propelling our country’s economic resurgence by providing opportunities for livelihood and employment,” the Tourism Chief added. 

Malacañang Palace has declared these as public holidays for 2024:

Regular holidays

New Year’s Day – January 1 (Monday)

Maundy Thursday – March 28

Good Friday – March 29

Araw ng Kagitingan – April 9 (Tuesday)

Labor Day – May 1 (Wednesday)

Independence Day – June 12 (Wednesday)

National Heroes Day – August 26 (Monday)

Bonifacio Day – November 30 (Saturday)

Christmas Day – December 25 (Wednesday)

Rizal Day – December 30 (Monday)

Special non-working days

Ninoy Aquino Day – August 21 (Wednesday)

All Saints’ Day – November 1 (Friday)

Feast of the Immaculate Conception of Mary – December 8 (Sunday)

Last day of the year – December 31 (Tuesday)

Additional special non-working days

Chinese New Year – February 10 (Saturday)

Black Saturday – March 30

All Souls’ Day – November 2 (Saturday)

Christmas Eve – December 24 (Tuesday)

Reflecting on the statistical insights from 2022 released mid-2023, the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) noted a staggering 102 million domestic trips, contributing an impressive P1.5 trillion to domestic tourism expenditure. Among the overall PHP1.87 trillion in internal tourism expenditure, inclusive of spending by foreign visitors and Filipinos residing abroad, a substantial PHP1.5 trillion was directly attributed to domestic tourism spending. This economic contribution stemmed from expenses by local visitors, encompassing both domestic trips and components of international travel occurring within the country’s borders. 

” I strongly encourage fellow Filipinos to seize the opportunity and embark on journeys that will create lasting memories with family and friends. As you enjoy our idyllic beaches and mountains, delve into the vibrant tapestry of our culture, food, and traditions as well. Beyond the popular destinations of beaches and mountains,  uncover the hidden gems nestled within our countryside. These lesser-known spots hold captivating stories catering to every traveler’s taste, resonating with our tourism campaign, ‘Love The Philippines,” Secretary Frasco enthused. 

“As the nation embraces these extended weekends with open arms, the hope remains high for a vibrant transformation of the tourism sector and a profound appreciation for the manifold wonders encapsulated within the Philippines’ diverse landscape,” the tourism chief added. 

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