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PH tourism registers 9.56% growth, tourism receipts up by 15.1%

The Philippines welcomed a total of 4,681,307 foreign visitors in 2013, surpassing the 4,272,811 arrivals recorded in 2012 by 9.56%. This performance marked a new milestone for the tourism industry as visitor arrivals demonstrated sustained growth despite the challenges of the previous year.

The highest growth rates during the year were recorded in February (15.8%), June (14.0%), and August (13.0%). Visitor count reached an all time high of more than 400,000 during the months of January, February, March, July, and December.

“Our key source markets generally performed well during the month of December, proof that international confidence has been regained.  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," Tourism Secretary Ramon R. Jimenez Jr. said.

Koreans remain the biggest source market with a 24.9% share in the total inbound visitors or equal to 1.17 million arrivals. It posted a 13% growth rate by yearend.  The successful conclusion of air services agreement in this market has contributed to an increase in flight frequencies in the country’s key international gateways.

Following at second place is the United States of America (USA) with 674,564 arrivals for a share of 14.4%.  Other top source markets 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; Hongkong with 126,008 arrivals; United Kingdom with 122,759 arrivals; Malaysia with 109,437 arrivals; and Germany with 70,949 arrivals.    (Read more..)