REPUBLIC OF THE PHILIPPINES

DEPARTMENT OF TOURISM

Kagawaran ng Turismo

         

 

PST: October/21/2018 

Local News

 

The Philippine tourism industry continued its growth trend in February breaking yet another record as shown by the latest data on international tourist arrivals disclosed by the Department of Tourism (DOT).

For February, the industry posted 673, 831 visitor arrivals carried by the continued growth of the Chinese tourist market accounting to 21.6 percent of the arrivals at 145,536.

"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," DOT Secretary Wanda Tulfo-Teo said.

The tourism chief said the latest figures bring to a total of 1,406,337 international visitors for January-February, which is 16.15 percent higher compared to the 1,210,817 total for the same period in 2017.

"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 Chinese arrivals for this year," Teo added.

Chinese tourists recorded 256,880 arrivals, the most improved market at an impressive 56.44 percent growth rate, next to the Koreans at 354,700, which remains the country's top tourist source market.

American visitors came in third with 193,985, followed by the Japanese guests at 117,300 and Australians tourists at 50,404.

Completing the top twelve markets are Canada, 48,191; Taiwan, 40,856; United Kingdom, 33,554; Singapore, 28,117; Malaysia, 24,334; India, 23,064, and Hongkong, 22,920.

"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.

Last year, the Philippines ranked ninth on the top destinations for Chinese outbound tourists according to TravelChinaGuide, a leading Chinese travel agency.

According to the 2018 Spring Festival Travel Forecast Report issued by Ctrip, China's largest online travel provider, and the China Tourism Academy, the Philippines was also named eighth popular Chinese travel destination during the Chinese New Year.

Teo said the continued rise in the number of foreign guests bodes well for the higher targets set by the DOT amidst the controversy on the government's plan to temporarily close Boracay to tourists and rehabilitate its drainage, sewerage and road systems to address water pollution, flooding and traffic problems.

"We welcome this increase in our arrivals as we brace for the possible effects of the Boracay rehabilitation. We remain optimistic that the 'new' Boracay after its beauty rest, will attract more tourists and help the industry break more records," Teo added.

 

DOT LEGO

DOT LEGO

DOT LEGO Xiamen-Puerto Princesa Chinese New Year charter flight welcome reception at Puerto Princesa International Airport. For the Chinese New Year period, a total of 2,937 seats were opened for the month of February from different Chinese cities including Guangzhou, Xiamen, Ningbo, Hangzhou, Nanjing, Wuxi, and Tianjin.

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