DOT: 7.4-M foreign tourists arrivals from Jan. to Nov

DOT: 7.4-M foreign tourists arrivals from Jan. to Nov

The Philippine tourism has no way to go but up.

Tourism has long been touted as the driver of local economy in the country principally because of the rich natural resources we have as a country.

The country's foreign tourist arrivals hit 7.4 million in the first 11 months of 2019, up by 15.58 percent compared to the same period in 2018, the Department of Tourism (DOT)said.

Foreigners flocking Boracay island
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South Koreans has retained its spot as the number one visitors in the country for the  first 11 months of 2019 with 1,785,357 tourists, followed by China with 1,626,309, and the United States with 954,952.

The Asian giant- China was tagged as the fastest-growing market, with a growth rate of 40.2 percent from the previous period in 2018.
"We are just happy that our collective efforts paid off with the yearend projections indicating an outstanding performance of the tourism industry," Tourism Secretary Bernadette Romulo-Puyat said.

The figures was realeased by DOT, after it welcomed the 8 million foreign tourist arrival.
The DOT targeted to reach 8.2 million foreign tourists last year. But with the 8 millionth tourist arriving four days before 2019 ended, Romulo-Puyat estimated that the country would at least hit 8.1 million of the target.
"If the December figures are the same as last year, for sure we're going to be getting at least 8.1 million visitors. The target is 8.2 million but as I always say, I'm still for the revenue than the numbers. It's still good," Romulo-Puyat told reporters 
Boracay remained as the top tourist destination last year, with 1.6 foreign visitors, followed by Cebu which attracted 1.4 million tourists, and Davao del Sur with 1.3 million.

Secretary Romulo-Puyat said the DOT continues to firm up the country's sustainable tourism development program.
"The continued increase in tourist arrivals through November ensures we would have achieved a year-end total that surpasses that of the previous year. But what is more important is we have launched a successful movement for sustainable tourism," she said.

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