Tourist arrivals in 2017, reaches all-time high at 6.6M

Tourist arrivals in 2017, reaches all-time high at 6.6M

All time high!!!

Economist have said it before that for a country to be progressive, there should be a robust Tourism industry. It is one of those pillars that adds to the Philippines Gross domestic product (GDP), as per government records in 2015 alone, the tourism industry contributed 10.6% in the country’s GDP.It employed 4.99 million Filipinos and the government collected P227.62 pesos from foreign tourists.

Popular destinations among the tourists are, Palwan, Davao, Boracay, Siargao, Cebu and Manila. *
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But the government numbers for the year 2017 has just been released, more than 6.6 million foreign tourists visited the Philippines an all time high for the country’s tourism industry and beating the official target which was set by the government at 6.6 million tourist arrivals.

Department of Tourism Secretary Wanda Tulfo-Teo said 2017 tourist arrivals jumped by 11 percent from 5.97 million in 2016.

This was higher than the average tourism growth of Asia and the Pacific, which was at 6 percent, and Southeast Asia at 8 percent, based on data from the latest United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) World Tourism Barometer.

Growth came despite political noise, security concerns and travel advisories against the country, the Tourism department said.

“We overcame these challenges with the innate resiliency of the Filipinos and the cooperation of everybody. And for that we are very thankful,” the DOT Sec. said.

Secretary Teo noted the country’s hosting of the Miss Universe Pageant and the Asean Summit, Madrid Fusión Manila 2017, the World Street Food Congress and the UNWTO International Conference on Tourism Statistics.

“Improved air routes and more cruise calls together with travel infrastructure development, travel facilitation, product development and tourism investments drummed up the tourism industry last year,” Teo said.  *

The country South Korea remained the country’s top source of tourists with 1,607,821 tourists, or a quarter of the total. Boracay and Cebu remained the top destinations for Koreans last year.

Second is China with 968,447 arrivals due to the improved ties between the Philippines and China, added air routes and the Visa Upon Arrival (VUA) option for Chinese nationals.

It was the most improved market with 43.3 growth, overtaking the United States’ 957,813 arrivals at third place.

Japan and Australia wound up the top five markets with 584,180 and 259,433 arrivals respectively.

For 2018, the NTDP projected 7.4 million international tourist arrivals.

“For this year, with an expanded marketing plan, improved quality, human resource capacity, and service standards, we will continue to push for new and underrated destinations. We are also looking at the farm and faith tourism sectors.” Teo said.

Report from Manila Times



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