The Philippines, and especially the capital city Manila, is gearing itself for an unprecedented influx of foreign visitors for the World Bank - International Monetary Fund Conference next September.
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Background: The Philippines, and especially the capital city Manila, is gearing itself for an unprecedented influx of foreign visitors for the World Bank - International Monetary Fund Conference next September.
High-rise hotels, apartment buildings and a new conference centre have been built to cater for the thirteen thousand delegates. the priority programme is being undertaken jointly by the Philippines government and private businesses.
In Manila's metropolitan area alone, there are more than four thousand first class hotels. Many of these have been built since President Ferdinand Marcos declared martial law in the Philippines in September, 1972.
But the rapid expansion of amenities for tourists has not escaped criticism, especially from people inside the industry itself.
The President of the Philippines Hotel and Restaurant Owners Association, Mr. Jose Manalansan, has said that the growing number of rooms is likely to lead to an oversupply of hotel facilities. He added that despite the tourism authorities' prediction that there would be one million visitors by 1977, this would not be enough to fill the total hotel capacity.