“It’s More Fun in the Philippines”: Government efforts increase tourists arrival to 6.8M with 15% growth

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  • Foreign tourists arrival reached 6.8M in a ten-month period this year
  • Korea topped the list of our international visitors
  • The booming tourism industry is attributed to the various projects led by the Department of Tourism

More and more tourists are visiting the Philippines. More than 6.8 million travelers coming from outside the country led to a double-digit surge for the first ten months of the year.

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To be exact, there were 6,800,052 visitors from January to October 2019. This resulted in a 15.04 percent increase, 5,911,161 arrivals, from the same period last year.

Our top 5 visitors came from Korea, China the US, Japan and Taiwan, reports say.

Korea is leading in the foreign arrivals list. The country welcomed a total of 1,609,172 arrivals,  a growth of +21.75%.  This is still expected to increase with the signing of the tourism cooperation program between the Philippines and Korea.

China ranks second with 1,499,524 visitors and 41.13% increase.  The US is on the third spot with 872,335 visitors in the ten-month period; producing a slight increase of +2.53%.

Japan is still fourth on the list, with 569,625, an increase of +7.43%  and finally,  Taiwan, though few with only 282,220, but had a big growth of +36.77%.

Projects like improvised air connectivity, the newer, “It’s More Fun in the Philippines” campaign, our increasing rapport with other countries and the growing acceptance of our sustainable tourism all led to our promising tourism industry, according to DOT Secretary Bernadette Romulo-Puyat.

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Adding to our upsurge in arrivals is another milestone for the country that will undoubtedly attract more divers. The Amanpulo Resort of Palawan was awarded as the World’s Leading Dive Resort at the gala event held on November 28 (November 29 in the Philippines) in Oman.

Puyat said, “The collective efforts and resolve of the whole tourism industry have paid off with the continued increase in our visitor arrivals and tourism receipts as well as recognition from major international award-giving bodies.”

Thumbs up to our Department of Tourism!