U.S. Travel and Tourism The Philippine Market Dey Robles U.S. Commercial Service Manila, Philippines
Profile of a Philippine Tourist Old rich, been traveling with family since a toddler and with nanny in tow New rich – successful business people or executives and their dependents; politicians and entertainers and their dependents (both professions generate wealth) Hard-working employees with steady finances Retirees
Travel Requirements PRIMARY Valid Philippine Passport Valid U.S. Visa Certificate of Bank Deposits Tax Payments Receipts Certificate of Employment SECONDARY Certificate of Property Ownership Car Registration Certificates School Tuition Payment Receipts Police Clearance
Favorite Destinations CALIFORNIA: Disneyland, Hollywood, Universal Studios, San Francisco Golden Gate Bridge, Pier 1, Gallery of Fine Arts, Lego Land, Sea World, San Diego Zoo, outlet shopping NEVADA: Reno and Las Vegas Casinos, the Strip, Las Vegas Premium Outlets NEW YORK: Broadway, Central Park, Empire State Bldg., Macy’s, St. Patrick’s Cathedral, Trinity Church, Ground Zero, The Metropolitan Museum, South Street Seaport, Woodbury retail outlets FLORIDA: Disneyworld, Sea World, Epcot Center, Space Center, Miami Beach, shopping destinations.
Why the U.S. Historical Ties with U.S. – Filipino culture is most Americanized among its Asian neighbors Philippines was the U.S.’ only colony in Asia and fought alongside the U.S. during World War II Many Filipino veterans and their families moved to the U.S. after the war Filipino middle class who migrate to the U.S. before the mid-70s were professionals who have become successful Fil-Ams ask family and friends to visit and usually shoulder their travel expenses
Why the U.S. (continuation) Most Filipinos have at least one relative residing in the U.S. Filipino tourists are heavily influenced by what they see in the movies, in magazines, and in photos that relatives send from the U.S. and also want to see and experience these places.
What Filipino Tourists Spend on: Airfare Hotel – although lodging and land transportation are usually provided by a relative or friend Appropriate apparel and footwear for themselves (if they cannot borrow and if they visit during fall, winter or spring) Access to theme parks, rides, photo booths, souvenirs Food while on tour (other meals are at the home of the family/friend with whom they are staying with)
What Filipino Tourists Spend on:(continuation) Shopping in bargain outlets for apparel and footwear (each household member back home receives a gift called “pasalubong”) Shopping in supermarket for foodstuff to take back home (at the end of the visit) Filipino tourists arrive in the U.S. with the prescribed two pieces of luggage that are within the weight limit, and depart the U.S. with an extra box or two of goodies for the family awaiting his/her return. (The tourist is usually a “she.” )