Foreign arrivals for the second month of the year reached more than 600,000, the Department of Tourism (DOT) said on March 21.
According to its data, 673, 831 foreigners visited the country in February.
The tourism department said last month’s arrivals were “carried by the continued growth of the Chinese tourist market accounting to 21.6 percent of the arrivals at 145,536.”
“The warming relations between the Philippines and China plus the Chinese New Year seven-day holiday strengthen the platform for us to jumpstart our campaign of achieving 1.5 million Chinses arrivals for this year,” said Tourism Secretary Wanda Tulfo-Teo.
As of end-February, the foreign arrivals stood at 1, 406, 337, 16.15 percent higher than the 1, 210, 817 posted in the same period last year.
“For the first two months, we have already breached the 1.4 million tourist mark, another first in the history and it is a good sign for the tourism industry,” said Teo.
She said Koren tourists remained to lead the international markets as it hit 354, 700 arrivals. However, tourists from China reached 256, 880 or a lauding 54.66 growth–considered to be the most improved market.
“The record-breaking Chinese arrivals to the Philippines is a testament that we’ve become one of the top destinations for the Chinese market,” Teo said.