The Philippines registered an all time high in the number of tourists visiting in January this year.
Department of Tourism Secretary Wanda Teo said 631,639 tourists visited the country in January, a 16.48 percent growth from last year’s 542,258 visitors.
Leading the pack of tourists are the Koreans with 154,367 arrivals. They are followed by the Americans (99,435), Chinese (85,948), Japanese (51,516), Australians (27,826), Canadians (24,352), Taiwanese (21,926), British (14,747), Singaporeans (12,000), and Indians (11,805).
The Koreans were the top spending tourists with visitor expenditure of almost P6.5 billion. The other top spenders are the Americans (P3.69 billion), Japanese (P2.12 billion), Australians (P1.59 billion), and Canadians (P1.09 billion).
The close relationship of President Rodrigo Duterte has brought in an influx of Chinese tourists. A growth of 76.46 tourists from China visited the country in January.
“We are now seeing the fruits of President Rodrigo R. Duterte’s reaching out to China. Doors to more economic opportunities and people-to-people exchanges are opulently wide now more than ever that ties between Manila and Beijing have seen a new day,” Teo said
Teo also added that the tourism agency is poised to keep the momentum going especially with the implementation of the National Tourism Development Plan (NTDP) for 2016 to 2022.
The tourism plan is meant to “unleash the potentials of our tourism industry and make it more competitive.”