Tourist arrivals in the Philippines rise by almost 12%

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The Philippines’ Department of Tourism (DOT) said on Tuesday that Tourist arrivals in the country grew by 11.54% in the first ten months of 2017 compared to the same span last year.

The DOT cited data on their statement showing an increase in tourist arrivals, from 4,908,017 recorded from January-October 2016, to 5,474,310 recorded from January-October 2017.

The DOT also recorded P243.23 billion of visitor receipts from January to September, which is a very good rise of 36.28% from 2016’s P178 billion earnings.

According to the Tourism department, here are the top visitors of the country:

  1. South Koreans with 1,332,141 arrivals (24.33 percent)
  2. China with 810,807 arrivals (14.81 percent)
  3. The U.S. with 785,269 arrivals
  4. Japan with 490,857 arrivals, and
  5. Australia with 206,443

“International visitor arrivals continue to increase with the influx of Chinese tourists, becoming the second largest in number to come to the Philippines from January to October this year,”  the DOT’s statement said.

Meanwhile in October, Tourism Secretary Wanda Teo cited Beijing’s promise to send more tourists to help boost the Philippines’ visitor arrival figures which came into reality when the number of visitors from the US were overtaken by those coming from China.

“The department will continue an aggressive marketing efforts, including through social media. We will promote emerging or developing destinations to entice more visitors from across the globe,” said Teo.