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The Department of Tourism (DOT) and the Japanese Government’s Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport, and Tourism (MLITT) have signed a landmark settlement that’s seen to develop alternatives for tourism growth between the 2 international locations.
This, as DOT Secretary Christina Garcia Frasco and MLIT Minister His Excellency Tetsuo Saito signed a Memorandum of Cooperation for tourism, the primary stand alone cooperation settlement between the 2 nations.
The contract was exchanged within the presence of President Ferdinand Marcos, Jr. and Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida in the course of the latter’s first official go to to the Philippines from November 3 to 4.
Under the cooperation settlement, each international locations agreed to strengthen and additional develop Philippines-Japan ties within the subject of tourism by rising vacationer arrivals for each international locations from world tourist-generating markets; encouraging extra vacationers to go to varied vacationer locations and sights, together with rural areas in one another’s nation; encouraging mutual visits and site visitors of high-value-added vacationers to extend tourism consumption; encouraging wholesome development of tourism trade of Philippines and Japan particularly on the features of training, tradition, gastronomy, sustainable tourism, and journey.
“With the signing of this landmark Memorandum of Cooperation on Tourism under the Marcos Administration, the Philippines’ bilateral relations with Japan is strengthened as we anticipate that this will exponentially expand tourism opportunities with the Japanese, which is one of our top source markets. This shall also usher in further tourism development in the fields of sustainability, air and sea connectivity, education, human capital development, culture, gastronomy, nature and adventure, which shall increase tourism revenues for our stakeholders, usher in more tourism investments, and create more jobs for our fellow Filipinos, as envisioned by our President Ferdinand Marcos, Jr.,” Secretary Frasco mentioned.
Japan is taken into account as one of many nation’s prime supply of holiday makers rating third as of November 2, 2023, with practically 1 / 4 of 1,000,000 arrivals into the Philippines.
Additionally, each international locations will interact within the alternate of knowledge on issues associated to the trade; training and coaching; guarantee technique of mutual site visitors by the enhancement of air and sea connectivity, and joint promotional applications, in addition to improve transport connectivity to maintain people-to-people alternate and the inflow of vacationers, and guarantee vacationer security.
The Philippines and Japan additionally agreed to cooperate when it comes to making certain security amongst vacationers whereas they’re staying of their respective international locations.
A joint working group composed of senior officers from the DOT and MLITT will probably be convened for the right implementation of the MOC which can run for 5 years and is topic for renewal.
As could also be recalled, the Philippines and Japan formally established diplomatic relations in July 1956.
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