With a population of close to 100 million people, an economy expanding at a rate of more than 6% per year and rapidly developing infrastructure, this is a country on the move. And with more than 36,000km of coastline stretched around 7,100 islands, a stunning tropical climate and picture postcard scenery, the possibilities for tourism in the Philippines are endless.
So much so, in fact, that the Philippine government recently set the target of welcoming 10 million international tourist arrivals by 2016 – more than double the number seen in 2012. And while this may seem ambitious, the signs of growth are there. Last year tourism numbers jumped more than 9%, and hotel development has increased more than 40% in the past 12 months. A new national tourism campaign, “It’s More Fun in the Philippines” is attracting more visitors than ever before, and it appears increasingly likely that the country will meet its lofty targets.
And getting to the Philippines has never been easier. Gulf Air has been operating to Manila for 37 years, and currently offers daily flights direct from its home base in Bahrain. This means that, with Gulf Air’s extensive network across Europe and the Middle East, passengers from 21 countries have the option of a convenient one-stop connection to the Philippine capital.
Once onboard Gulf Air’s modern Airbus A330 aircraft, passengers will have the option of two cabin classes – business and economy – while families travelling with children can also benefit from Gulf Air’s unique Sky Nanny service.