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MANILA — The Department of Tourism (DoT) is projecting revenues from domestic tourism to hit P1.4 trillion in 2014, higher by P110.6 billion compared to 2013 earnings due to the projected increase in the daily expenditures by domestic tourists.

DoT estimates domestic tourists to reach 47.7 million in 2014 up from 44.1 million in 2013. The average length of stay of local tourists remains at approximately five nights.

The increasing number of local travelers could be attributed to the promotions and expositions being held by the Philippine Travel Agencies Association (PTAA) which has been organizing the annual Traveltour Expo to be held this year at the SMX Convention Center in Pasay City on Feb. 14-16.

The PTAA has been holding travel tour expo since 1993, varying from inbound and outbound expos until it decided to promote both inbound and outbound tourism in the latter years, said TTE Executive Director Marciano Ragaza.

Previous editions of the expo have seen an increasing presence of domestic tourism suppliers such as local airlines, domestic tour operators, hotels and resorts on various islands as well as provincial tourism councils which showcase the various destinations in the Philippines. Very affordable offers and unique packages await those looking to discover more of the islands.

The expo will feature 53 travel agencies and tour operators, 27 airlines, five cruise lines, 96 hotels and resorts, 14 embassies and travel organizations and six theme parks. (Edu Lopez, Manila Bulletin)