Philippine tourism numbers up 11%

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philippines-touristsTourist arrivals in the Philippines reached 2.8 million in the first half of 2013, up 11 per cent from the same period in 2012, the Department of Tourism said  on September 2.

In July alone, international tourists reached a record 418,000 from 377,000 a year ago. There is reason to believe that the arrival figures indicate that the country would meet or even surpass its 5.5 million tourist arrival target in 2013. It would be the first time in history that the Philippines hits the 5 million tourist arrival mark.

By 2015, the Department of Tourism expects international tourist arrivals to reach 8 million. The Philippines, he added, is also one of the countries pushing for greater openness in terms of visa regulation. There will also be a focus on skills training for tourism workers and investments in touristic infrastructure.

The Philippines rank 6th among ASEAN countries in terms of international arrivals with 4.3 million in 2012 as against Malaysia (25 million), Thailand (22.3 million), Singapore (14.4 million) Indonesia (8 million) and Vietnam (6.8 million).

 

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Tourist arrivals in the Philippines reached 2.8 million in the first half of 2013, up 11 per cent from the same period in 2012, the Department of Tourism said  on September 2.

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philippines-touristsTourist arrivals in the Philippines reached 2.8 million in the first half of 2013, up 11 per cent from the same period in 2012, the Department of Tourism said  on September 2.

In July alone, international tourists reached a record 418,000 from 377,000 a year ago. There is reason to believe that the arrival figures indicate that the country would meet or even surpass its 5.5 million tourist arrival target in 2013. It would be the first time in history that the Philippines hits the 5 million tourist arrival mark.

By 2015, the Department of Tourism expects international tourist arrivals to reach 8 million. The Philippines, he added, is also one of the countries pushing for greater openness in terms of visa regulation. There will also be a focus on skills training for tourism workers and investments in touristic infrastructure.

The Philippines rank 6th among ASEAN countries in terms of international arrivals with 4.3 million in 2012 as against Malaysia (25 million), Thailand (22.3 million), Singapore (14.4 million) Indonesia (8 million) and Vietnam (6.8 million).

 

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