During the first five months of this year, the Department of Tourism (DOT), Philippines has welcomed about 31,245 Indian tourists, which is an increase of 27.40%, compared with 24,525 tourist arrivals from India between January and May 2014. The destination is also set to welcome tourists to the Philippine Shopping Festival 2015 which is scheduled be held from October 23 to November 8, in association with the Philippine Retailers Association (PRA). Verna Covar-Buensuceso, Director and Officer-in-charge, Market Development Group, Tourism Development Sector, Department of Tourism (DOT), Philippines, informed this while speaking at the recently concluded multi-city roadshow in New Delhi.“We aim to achieve 100,000 Indian tourist arrivals by 2017,” said Glen Agustin, Chief Tourism Operations Officer, Market Development Group, Department of Tourism, Philippines. He elaborated that they had conducted a familiarisation trip for Kolkata-based tour operators in which participants interacted with their B2B counterparts in the Philippines. This yielded excellent results and tourism has been booming from Kolkata since then, he said.Furthermore, about 600 tour operators and counting have been certified under the Philippines Specialist Program (PSP) which has assisted tour operators to attract tourists from Tier-II cities as well. As per the trend this year, Indians are staying for seven days on an average and spending about USD 120 a day. Though the length of stay has increased, we look forward to increase the tourism spend as well, highlighted Agustin.