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Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Foreign tourist arrivals in Phl on course to reach 4.5M in 2012


Foreigners who visited the Philippines from January to June 2012 was up by almost 12 percent, totaling 2.14 million arrivals, that’s compared to 1.92 million in the same period in 2011. This data is from the Department of Tourism (DoT).
In 2011, foreign tourist arrivals in the Philippines totaled 3.917 million.
The DoT forecasts foreign tourist arrivals in the Philippines to reach 4.5 million this year, or 18 percent more than that of last year.
The DoT with its catchy tourism slogan, “It’s more fun in the Philippines,” said that there is “a good chance” that the 18 percent growth in tourism this year can be achieved because of the encouraging growth in the first semester of this year.
The biggest volume of arrivals was registered in January at 411, 064 and the highest growth rate of 17.54 percent.
At end-June, South Korea’s inbound traffic topped the country’ s list of tourist arrivals, registering 474,684 visitors, equivalent to 22.15 percent of the total foreign visitors during the period.
The country’s second largest foreign visitors were from the US with 354,259 arrivals, or 16.53 percent of the total as of June.
Third were Japanese at 195,504 tourists, or 9.12 percent of the country’s total arrivals, followed by the Chinese with 150,749, or 7.03 percent.
Other major contributors to the country’s tourist arrivals were Australia (92,648), Singapore (73,015), Canada (65,503), China’s Hong Kong (57,790) and UK (57,181).

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