The Philippine Department of Tourism (PDOT) is a national tourism organization (NTO) charged with the responsibility to encourage, promote, and develop tourism as a major socio-economic activity to generate foreign currency and employment and to spread the benefits of tourism to both the private and public sector. PDOT is the primary planning, programming, coordinating, implementing and regulatory government agency in the development and promotion of the tourism industry, both domestic and international, in coordination with attached agencies and other government instrumentalities. It is mandated to develop and promote its nine portfolio products, one of which is cruise.
The Philippines has largely been undiscovered, with its 7,107 islands providing many excellent opportunities for tourism purpose. PDOT, through its office in Shanghai, China provides the strategic direction for the country to become a major player in the Chinese market outbound travel. Given its unique, diverse natural and cultural attractions, the Philippines envisions a vibrant, inclusive, and sustainable tourism development.