Q1 foreign tourist arrivals up


MANILA, Philippines—There were 1.27 million foreign tourists who visited the country during the first quarter of the year, setting the pace for the government to reach the 5.5 million mark for 2013, according to the Department of Tourism (DOT).

The first-quarter visitor arrivals marked a 10.76-percent growth from the 1.15 million visitors recorded during the same period last year.

“This marks the second time that foreign tourist arrivals breached the one-million mark in the first quarter,” the DOT said on Sunday.

Records showed that Korea remained the leading visitor market, capturing 25.83 percent of the total inbound traffic, followed by the United States, with 186,064, or 14.63 percent, of the overall visitor volume.

At least 114,269 visitors from Japan have been recorded from January to March, accounting for 8.99 percent of the total market share, while arrivals from China have reached 98,242. Rounding up the top five visitor markets for the first quarter is Taiwan, with 53,867 tourists.

The country also enjoyed significant number of visitors from the following countries: Australia, 53,679; Singapore, 41,524; Canada, 38,486; Hong Kong, 36,005; United Kingdom, 32,475; Malaysia, 27,212; and Germany, 22,491.

“Month after month, we bear witness to a steady upward performance and new record highs. This only means that the efforts of the department and its partners are bearing fruit,” said Tourism Secretary Ramon Jimenez Jr.

“To achieve our 2013 target of 5.5 million and 2016 target of

10 million, the department and its industry partners are actively working on stimulating greater demand overseas, while infrastructure agencies have committed to step up our convergence programs to facilitate entry and access to the different destinations in the country,” Jimenez added.

He also noted that the ongoing expansion and development of secondary gateways will greatly help ease the volume of traffic in the primary gateways of Manila and open the country to more international visitors by bringing them closer to their destinations in the country.

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  • Joe Kano

    It must be the discount pangolins.

  • rickysgreyes

    The DOT could consider developing the North. It has a beautiful beach inPagudpud, history (Marcos mansion, Marcos museum), culture (all those old churches. Vigan), cuisine (bagnet- need I say more), etc. It need sto be nationally promoted, though.

    • Edmund Labuguen

      Yes, I agree.. add to the list: Batanes and the Cagayan Valley Region plus the Cordilleras

  • kanoy

    Meanwhile, the Abu Sayyaf reportedly posted a photo of Australian kidnap victim Rodwell on the internet and warned the Australian government that the victim would suffer an “unusual way of death” if the ransom would not be paid immediately.

    • Meow Ming

      where have you been? It’s been more than a month since he was freed.

  • disqus_ZrxaGjUzMQ

    GUMASA and Palawan and Siargao and Caramoan and Calicoan are now visited by many Tourists

  • nickmanila

    Last year 4.2 million tourist visited the Philippines. To reach 5.5 million tourist arrivals by the end of the year the growth rate has to reach 30%. During the first quarter tourist arrivals were up by 10%

  • spiritnsoul700

    The nature beauty of the country PI is not an issue, but the chaos disorderly lack of discipline and law and order of the day in Pi is called into questioned.

    Everyone will agree that there is no place that guaranteed a 100% crime free and normal humans will not expect cos he knows it is impossible but in PI case, efforts to counter crime is never taken seriously that is why it sucks to visit PI. Every week and every month and almost daily you hear and read of killing and murder committed by use of firearms on both local and foreign victims and the number of foreigners been murdered and killed in PI has now almost touched the 100th mark in the span of two years. Foreigners who has settled in PI, now has to take up arms to protect themselves cos the law and order in PI is weak .

    Pi boast to be the largest christian and English speaking base in Asia but the way it goes, it shows that being educated does not mean of one holds credential papers diplomas, When you are addressed as an educated individual it means your character manner and discipline as well.I don’t think Pinoys are that friendly and hospitality unless if you knew some of them ,but as strangers and tourists, they are not that friendly compared to the Thais. In fact they will give you a stern look which make you feel unwelcome. Furthermore, it is not surprising except to those on their first visit to PI, that you shall find many Filipinos who does not speak and understand English as well, contradict to what has been post here bragging that majority Filipinos speak English. Disorderly traffics and Filipinos just love to blast their automobile horn day and night. I had highlighted the need of beefing up security Personnel presence more often visible on the streets like your neighbor countries does, and till to date i still see no efforts has been taken in places like your commercial heartland Makati Quezon city etc

    There is still so much to be done in PI, the filthy and stinky smells streets in Manila, the pollution in the city, the ugly sight of electricity poles dangling wires along the roads. The lack of accommodating service in NAIA airport on foreign tourists which clearly shows the bias of Filipino authorities and government giving preference more to the locals, This gives negative impression that in reality PI does not preferred foreign tourists unless if they can prove they has Pinoy blood in them, Outskirt of Manila, in Visayas, Mindanao, the roads are so bad that there are times for a flat two hours you be experiencing bumpy ride.

  • Diepor

    Get direct flights from Europe back to Manila. its a shame that a country big as Philippines dont have any direct flights to the main or any other airport. It adds hours to tourists travel time and then they often choose thailand or other develloped airtravel countries.

    • AlexanderAmproz

      Everybody enjoying to go to Bangkok, not Manila the slum’s city and sceptic tank Bay famous sunset.

      Airlines don’t like runways with potholes and defectives airport flying instruments, with expensive passengers and airplanes taxes for nothing.

      Tourists don’t like the NAIA non existent services, dirt, robbery and systematic abuses all around. In Thailand hotels and airports are so much better, food, services, cleanness, security, etc.

      Aside that the 21 days visa is showing foreigners aren’t welcome, except their money, specially at the awful BI offices, a HK back and for trip is advisable to avoid them.

      Strange, to visit the Philippines is a tourists punishment compared to the HK or Thai dreams.

      NB: The Philippines shouldn’t forget the Tourists have a choice in-between about 200 countries.
      Similar to RP in this part of the world and competing, Bali, Indonesia, Malaysia, Burma, Thailand, Vietnam, Cambodia, China, Laos.
      Why the Philippines ?
      Personally I love Pinoy’s, sadly, not anymore the gone scuba diving possibilities destroyed by plain dynamite stupidity and dantesque pollutions…
      What left ?
      The cemented Spanish Churches with Plastic Santos replacing the original antics stollen by inside job… Better to visit Borobudur, Angkor What or anything else authentic.
      It’s a pity, Philippines Churches were so nice and interesting on Historical and architectural point of view, today they aren’t a shadow of what it was in a recent past.
      A World under destruction drowned by mostly 40 tough families with private armies to handle killings and by a backward corruptible Clergy against any progress.

  • Teresita Sy

    babalik ba ang mga turistang yan? hmmm

  • Edmund Labuguen

    Those tourists who have been to the Philippines are the best people who can promote the country… treat them well and make a good and lasting impression of the country. Keep our country clean and peaceful. It has so much to offer…

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