IN JAN-MAY 2019: PH receives 3.5-million foreign tourists

About 3.5 million tourists from all over the world visited the Philippines in the first five months of 2019, according to the Department of Tourism (DOT).

The 3,489,270 total number of tourists in the Philippines from January to May 2019 marks a 9.76 percent increase from last year’s 3,178,984 figures.

Department of Tourism Secretary Bernadette Romulo-Puyat said “the numbers are very encouraging. From 3,178,984 tourists recorded from January to May in 2018, we are already close to breaching the 3.5 million mark this year. This only shows that the preservation of our environment can go hand in hand with economic gains.”

Puyat said she is also pleased to note that for the month of May, tourist arrivals saw an impressive 15.62 percent growth, the highest month-per-month growth rate this year, from 537,743 last year to 621,719 this year.

The country’s number one source market, South Korea, continues its foothold in the top spot with 788,530 Jan-May arrivals, chalking up an 11.76 percent growth rate comprising 22.6 percent of the total arrivals.

China trails closely behind with 733,769 arrivals for a staggering 30.96 percent increase and with a 21.03 percent market share.

Sustaining its third and fourth rankings are the USA with 472,469 (+1.98%) and Japan with 281,988 (+2.19%).

Another market with a remarkable double-digit growth rate is Taiwan at the fifth place with 128,986 (+27.24%).

Australia with 123,851 (+2.7%), Canada with 114,605 (+5.01%), and the United Kingdom with 92,914 (+3.49%) posted positive growth placing sixth, seventh, and eighth, respectively.

Singapore followed at the ninth spot with 64,951 (-14.38%) with Malaysia winding up the top ten markets with 62,144 (+1.81%). (DOT)

DOT records over 600K foreign arrivals n February

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.