Visits to the Philippines rise 15%

11 Dec 2019

Manila skylineDuring the period stretching January-October, the number of people visiting the Philippines exceeded 6.8 million. The news arrived from the country’s Department of Tourism on Monday. 

The headcount at immigration checkpoints hit 6,800,052 trips, marking a 15.04% increase over the 5,911,161 arrivals recorded year-on-year.

Solely during the month of October, visits were up in eight of the top 10 source markets. Korea was at the top of all markets recording 1,609,172 arrivals (up 21.75%).

China was ranked at second place with 1,499,524 (+41.13%), followed in third place by the United States with 872,334 (up 2.53%). 

In fourth place, Japan recorded 569,625 visits (+7.43%), followed by Taiwan, breaking records at 282,220 (+36.77%), completing the top five markets. 

The surge in visits was supported by enhanced air connectivity and improved marketing promotions, said the Department of Tourism secretary, Bernadette Romulo-Puyat. Such promotions included the “It’s More Fun in the Philippines” campaign. 

In a bid to drive growth and awareness, the Southeast Asian country also collected awards at the World Travel Awards in Muscat, Oman, exceeding eight other global hotspot destinations for diving.