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PH Tourism Agency touts 3M int’l arrivals this year; SoKor forms majority of tourists.

July 20, 2023 Philippines Industry Updates

The country’s Department of Tourism (DOT) recorded 3M international arrivals this year; PH rakes in USD 3.8B in revenue. PH prez highlights critical role of tourism.

By the ACN Newsdesk with insights from other media organizations

The Philippines has reached its 3 million international visitor arrivals mark as of July 19, 2023, the Department of Tourism (DOT) reported Wednesday.

Latest data from the DOT recorded a total of 3,000,079 international visitor arrivals from January 1 to July 19, 2023.

The country’s inbound tourism receipts from January 1 to June 30, 2023 have likewise climbed to P212,467,522,100.14 or 502.02 percent higher than the P35,292,495,457.14 tourism revenue generated from the same period last year.

“We are glad to report that in roughly seven months, we have already achieved the 3 million international visitor arrivals mark, reflecting continued robust recovery and the gains of the Marcos Administration towards the resurgence of Philippine tourism, ” Tourism Secretary Christina Garcia Frasco said.

“Tourism provides employment and livelihood to millions of Filipinos. We are grateful for the renewed interest worldwide in the Philippines which offers a multitude of reasons to love travel across our islands. We thank our fellow Filipinos who continue to travel domestically, supporting our local communities and families who are all part of the tourism value chain,” the tourism chief added.

Of the figures, 91.36 percent or 2,740,802 are foreign tourists, while the remaining 8.64 percent or 259,277 are overseas Filipinos.

South Korea delivered almost a quarter of the total number of international visitors for the Philippines with 741,658 (24.72 percent) followed by the United States of America (USA) in the second spot with 550,569 (18.35 percent); then Australia with 146,062 (4.87 percent); Japan with 143,227 (4.77 percent); and Canada with 132,018 (4.40 percent) as the top 5 source markets of foreign arrivals.

Other visitors came from China with 129,077 (4.30 percent); Taiwan with 104,211 (3.47 percent); United Kingdom with 85,847 (2.86 percent); Singapore with 81,656 (2.72 percent); and Malaysia with 54,411 (1.81 percent).

The Department of Tourism had earlier launched a new tourism campaign, ‘Love the Philippines,’ which some national politicians lauded and has also gained controversy.

In an earlier, separate event, the President of the Philippines Ferdinand Marcos Jr., highlighted the importance of investing in tourism.

“It has become a more extensive program in the sense that we have put a great deal of priority on our tourism and our investment not only in the Philippines but also abroad,” Marcos said during the 2023 Very Important Pinoy (VIP) Tour participants at the Heroes Hall in Malacañang Palace.

“And so this plays for me in my view, this plays a part in our transformation of our economy, tourism plays a very large part of that… foreign direct investments coming in certainly play a great deal or part of that, and we look to Filipinos not only in the Philippines but everywhere around the world,” he added.

This story was written from the Department of Tourism’s press release as well as insights from Anna Felicia Bajo for GMA Integrated News. To read the original article about Marcos’s VIP Tour, read: https://www.gmanetwork.com/news/money/economy/876105/marcos-cites-role-of-tourism-in-attracting-foreign-investments/story/

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