2013 tourist arrivals up by 9.56%
The total number of foreign tourist arrivals in the Philippines in 2013 has climbed by 9.56 percent with South Koreans remaining on top of the list, the Department of Tourism (DoT) said Thursday.
Although tourist arrivals last year rose to 4,681,307 from 4,272,811 the previous year, the figure still fell short of the country’s five million target.
“Our key source markets generally performed well during the month of December, proof that international confidence has been regained,” DoT Secretary Ramon R. Jimenez, Jr. said in a statement.
“The Philippines is profoundly grateful for the outpouring of support, aid, and goodwill from all over the world. They were all instrumental in our road to recovery,” he added.
The month of February registered the highest growth rate for the year with 15.8 percent, followed by the month of June with 13 percent, and August with 13 percent.
This resulted in a 15.1 percent higher revenue from inbound visitors to approximately $4.40 billion or P186.15 billion.
South Koreans which remained on top of the list accounted for the 24.9 percent of the market share. This translates to 1.17 million tourist arrivals, 13 percent higher from the previous year.
United States clinched the second place with 674,564 arrivals or 14.4 percent of the total share.
Other top sources include: Japan with 433,705 arrivals; China with 426,352 arrivals; Australia with 213,023 arrivals; Singapore with 175,034 arrivals; Taiwan with 139,099 arrivals; Canada with 131,381 arrivals; Hong Kong with 126,008 arrivals; United Kingdom with 122,759 arrivals; Malaysia with 109,437 arrivals; and Germany with 70,949 arrivals.
The average length of stay of visitors remained at 9.6 nights.
The tourism chief said he is seeing “better opportunities for growth” and urged Filipinos to appreciate and support the country’s tourism. (Jomari Guillermo)