Philippines welcomed 4.68m foreigners in 2013

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manila immigrationNearly 4.7 million foreigners visited the Philippines in 2013, according to a statement by the country’s Department of Tourism (DOT) on February 13. The DOT said foreign visitor arrivals jumped 9.56 p3r cent to 4.68 million in 2013.

South Korea remained the biggest source of tourists, rising 13 per cent to 1.16 million in 2013. South Koreans accounted for 25 per cent of the country’s visitor arrivals in 2013. The number of tourists from the US, which make up 15 per cent of the total tourist arrivals, reached 652,626 in 2013, a 3.3 per cent increase from the previous year.

Japan was the Philippines’ third biggest source market with 412,474 arrivals in 2013, followed closely by China with 426,352 arrivals. The number of Chinese tourists surged 69 per cent in 2013, despite tension between the Philippine and Chinese governments over disputed islands.

The DOT said the surge in Chinese visitors was first felt in May 2013 when arrivals posted a 107.7 per cent growth, due to opening of new regular and chartered air services and increase in cruise itineraries.

“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 Jimenez said in a statement.

Australia was the fifth biggest source market with 213,023 arrivals last year, followed by Singapore with 175,034 arrivals; Taiwan with 139,099 arrivals; Canada with 131,381 arrivals; Hong Kong with 126,008 arrivals; UK with 122,759 arrivals; Malaysia with 109,437 arrivals; and Germany with 70,949 arrivals.

Only two countries showed a decline in arrivals – Taiwan and Malaysia. The number of Taiwan tourists to the Philippines fell 35 per cent in 2013, as tensions between Taipei and Manila rose after a Taiwanese fisherman was shot dead by Filipino coastguards on May 9 in waters near Batanes.

The DOT said total revenues gained from inbound visitors went up 15 per cent to an estimated $4.40 billion for 2013. The average length of stay of visitors remained at 9.6 nights, with visitors from the US having the longest stay at 13.4 nights.

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Nearly 4.7 million foreigners visited the Philippines in 2013, according to a statement by the country’s Department of Tourism (DOT) on February 13. The DOT said foreign visitor arrivals jumped 9.56 p3r cent to 4.68 million in 2013.

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manila immigrationNearly 4.7 million foreigners visited the Philippines in 2013, according to a statement by the country’s Department of Tourism (DOT) on February 13. The DOT said foreign visitor arrivals jumped 9.56 p3r cent to 4.68 million in 2013.

South Korea remained the biggest source of tourists, rising 13 per cent to 1.16 million in 2013. South Koreans accounted for 25 per cent of the country’s visitor arrivals in 2013. The number of tourists from the US, which make up 15 per cent of the total tourist arrivals, reached 652,626 in 2013, a 3.3 per cent increase from the previous year.

Japan was the Philippines’ third biggest source market with 412,474 arrivals in 2013, followed closely by China with 426,352 arrivals. The number of Chinese tourists surged 69 per cent in 2013, despite tension between the Philippine and Chinese governments over disputed islands.

The DOT said the surge in Chinese visitors was first felt in May 2013 when arrivals posted a 107.7 per cent growth, due to opening of new regular and chartered air services and increase in cruise itineraries.

“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 Jimenez said in a statement.

Australia was the fifth biggest source market with 213,023 arrivals last year, followed by Singapore with 175,034 arrivals; Taiwan with 139,099 arrivals; Canada with 131,381 arrivals; Hong Kong with 126,008 arrivals; UK with 122,759 arrivals; Malaysia with 109,437 arrivals; and Germany with 70,949 arrivals.

Only two countries showed a decline in arrivals – Taiwan and Malaysia. The number of Taiwan tourists to the Philippines fell 35 per cent in 2013, as tensions between Taipei and Manila rose after a Taiwanese fisherman was shot dead by Filipino coastguards on May 9 in waters near Batanes.

The DOT said total revenues gained from inbound visitors went up 15 per cent to an estimated $4.40 billion for 2013. The average length of stay of visitors remained at 9.6 nights, with visitors from the US having the longest stay at 13.4 nights.

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