Over 6.8 million foreign tourists arrive in PH from January to October, says DOT

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, December 9) – More foreign tourists visited the country in the ten months to October, with over 6.8 million international tourist arrivals recorded, said the Department of Tourism.

The agency on Monday said that it recorded 6,800,052 foreign tourists from January to October 2019 which is a 15.04% increase from the 5,911,161 arrivals in the same period last year.

“October visitor arrivals also revealed an affirmative year-on-year arrival growth for eight of the top ten source markets,” the department said.

Korea topped the list with 1,609,172 arrivals and expected to improve in the wake of the tourism cooperation program with the Philippines, the agency said.

China came in second with 1,499, 524 visitors followed by the United States with 872,335 visitors.

Japan placed fourth with 569,625, followed by Taiwan with 282,220.

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Tourism Secretary Bernadette Puyat cited the improvement in figures to the “improved air connectivity, intensified marketing promotions including the refreshed "It's More Fun in the Philippines" campaign, budding relations with other countries, as well as the growing recognition of the country’s sustainable tourism advocacy.”

The Tourism department said the main gateway, Ninoy Aquino International Airport, served 396,446 visitor arrivals.

The Mactan Cebu-International Airport, followed with 131,217 arrivals.

Air arrivals from Kalibo in Aklan province totaled 59,467, Clark in Pampanga with 35,236 while the rest of the airports registered 8,300 arrivals.

“The collective efforts and resolve of the whole tourism industry have paid off with the continued increase in our visitor arrivals and tourist receipts as well as recognitions from major international award giving bodies,” Puyat said.

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