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Philippines Tourism Sept 12

PHILIPPINES
Tourism
September 12, 2007
Cebu among top destinations for Russians
Cebu, Manila, Boracay and Palawan are the top tour destinations in the Philippines for Russian tourists, said a Russian official.

Edward Grigoriev, Department of Tourism (DOT) market representative of Russia and the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS), said the beaches, spa and wellness centers, diving spots and shopping malls found in these destinations serve as main tourist attractions.

Grigoriev, who described Russian tourists as big spenders, urged the country's tourism officials to aggressively market the Philippines in Russia and get more of the share of Russian tourists to visit the country.

"Russian tourists are one of the biggest spenders in the world. Travel itinerary should include visit to souvenir and national craft shops, shopping malls and pearl farms," he said.

"Most Russians like to stay at national type bungalow but fully equipped with modern home appliances and air-conditioned rooms," he added.

DOT Team Europe marketing head Verna Covar-Buensuceso said in a statement that Russians visiting the Philippines are the second biggest spenders of tourists from Europe. PNA reports

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