Tourist arrivals in PHL up 10% in Q3 — DOT

November 11, 2015 7:55 am 

By Azer N. Parrocha

MANILA, Nov. 10 (PNA) — The Department of Tourism (DOT) has recorded a 10.76 percent increase in foreign tourist arrivals in the Philippines from January to September with 3.98-million visitor arrivals compared to 3.59-million acquired in the same period last year.

DOT said that the surge was driven by tourist arrivals in September which recorded significant growth and substantial volume compared to the last four years which ranged from 285,000 to 328,000.

Consistent double-digit gains were also recorded during the third quarter of this year, with September recording the highest growth while July registered the biggest number of tourist arrivals at 489,724.

In September, a total of 390,616 tourists travelled to the country by air while 2,793 tourists entered the country by sea.

As for top foreign markets, South Korea tops the list with 997,135 visitors, a 15.15 percent growth compared to 865,950 acquired for the same period in 2014.

The United States came in second, which brought in 577,508 visitors, a 7.67 percent increase versus the 536,385 for the same period last year; followed by Japan with 380,815 visitors, a 9.08 percent growth from the 349,100 acquired in the same period last year.

A rundown of the top ten visitor markets include China (373,795 visitors), Australia (170,706 visitors), Singapore (136,039 visitors), Taiwan (135,194 visitors), Malaysia (117,184 visitors), United Kingdom (112,360 visitors), and Canada (109,852 visitors).

DOT Undersecretary Maria Victoria Jasmin earlier told reporters that alleged the ‘Laglag Bala’ (bullet-planting) scheme will not affect tourism in the Philippines in a major way but admitted that it has become a cause for concern.

At present, the DOT is working on sustaining tourism growth and momentum beyond 2016 by continuing its convergence program in cooperation with the Department of Public Works and Highways which seeks to enhance access to local destinations.

The agency is targeting around 5.5 million tourists by the end of the year and 10 million tourists by 2016. (PNA)

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