Philippine Tourist Arrivals Rose by 12.7% in the First Half of 2017 Under Pres. Duterte

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The Philippines tourism industry is now competing against the big names in Asia such as Singapore, Hongkong and Bangkok as one of the premiere tourist destination in the world as the Department of Tourism announced that Philippine tourist arrivals rose by 12.7% in the first half of 2017 under the administration of Pres. Rody Duterte.

During the Budget Hearing conducted by the House Committee on Appropriations, Tourism Secretary Wanda Tulfo-Teo revealed that foreign tourist arrives for the period of January to June of 2017 rose by 12.7 percent from 2,978,438 in 2016 to 2,357,591 this year.

 According to the DOT, South Korea remained as the top tourist market for the country, posting 795,085 arrivals, representing 23.68 percent share of total
inbound traffic; followed by the United States with 513,443 (15.29
percent); China, 454,962 (13.55 percent); and Japan, 294,080 (8.76

 Sec. Teo also noted that there is surge in tourist arrivals from emerging markets such as China, which served as a significant factor to the higher figures and better tourism industry performance.

Chinese arrivals jumped 33.44 percent with 454,962 visitors compared to last year’s 340,958.
Notable increases were also gained by India at 23.41 percent (54,663 arrivals) and Canada at 18.41 percent (108,243).

Although the Philippine tourism may yet realize its full potential as top dollar-earning industry even as the legislature strongly agreed to boost
next year’s budget of the Department of Tourism (DOT), including a P1
billion marketing fund, the Duterte administration is keen on promoting various tourism-related projects in the countryside.

Lawmakers rallied behind DOT Secretary Wanda
Tulfo-Teo to mount an “all-out promotion campaign,” as she disclosed yet
another double-digit increase in international visitor arrivals for the
first semester.

Source: PTVNews

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