Palermo’s tourist industry is on the rise, with tourist arrivals in the country growing by more than 10 percent last year.
But it has its share of challenges too.
In the Philippines, the average age of a tourist is over 55.
Many of them are young, many are not and many are unemployed.
A number of the country’s hotels, restaurants and nightclubs have been shuttered in recent years.
But the Philippines has a huge tourism sector, and many of its residents are keen to visit it.
“It’s a dream to visit the Philippines.
We have so many wonderful things to do there, and the Philippines is one of the best places in the world to visit,” said Marilana Pangilinan, a Filipino-Canadian, as she sat in the lobby of the Palerma Hotel in Manila.
She and her family were staying at the Palera on the third floor, just two floors away from the hotel’s rooftop pool.
Pangillan, who has worked in the tourism sector for the past decade, said the country is the perfect place for people to come to work.
“Palermo is a safe and welcoming city.
I’ve seen so many people come to Palermas hotel to work, and I think that’s a really positive sign for the tourism industry,” she said.
The hotel is a hub for Palermes tourist attractions and is an official tourist destination for the Philippines and China.
“We see more than 2 million visitors a year.
That is a lot of people, and we are doing a good job of attracting them,” said Tourism Secretary Ernesto Salas.
“The majority of the tourism is for the private sector, for tourism in the tourist areas and for foreign visitors,” Salas said.
He said the government aims to attract tourists to the country with the latest technology.
“There are so many tourism sites that we are working on to bring new attractions and activities to the area,” Salus said.
“As soon as you enter a tourist attraction, you are welcomed by the hostel staff, and you are asked if you would like to be an official guest.”
Salas also promised a better system for visa issuance.
“For all visitors, the first time visa will be issued only if they apply online.
We will implement the process as soon as possible,” he said.
One of the most popular tourist attractions is Palerms water park.
Located in the town of Palerm, Palermos is a sprawling water park with a variety of attractions ranging from horseback riding, to the water-based sports of surfing and kayaking.
Salas says the resort’s management has improved since his predecessor took office in 2016.
“I’m sure we have done everything we can to make sure that the tourism has improved, and that we have made sure that our employees are trained,” he added.
The tourism sector employs thousands of people across the country, many of whom work in the restaurant and hospitality sectors.
“Our tourism sector has been growing for quite some time, and now it is growing in a big way.
I think we are going to have a boom in tourism in this country,” said Pangili, the Philippine-Canadian.
She said her family has been to the Philippines more than 100 times since she was a little girl.
“And I’ve been there a few times for the last 15 years,” she explained.
“Now we’re not going back to the hotel and we’re going to go back to Palermos.”