Tourists visitors to the Philippines from January to July 2012 reached 2,520,454, an increase of 10.54% from the 2,280,184 tourist arrivals recorded in 2011 for the same months.
Tourists from Korea got the biggest volume share of 22.93% or a total of 578,062 tourist visitors for the period. Outbound tourists from the Unites States to the country increased by 4.31% with a 16.14% share to the total. This market produced 406,822 tourist arrivals compared to its output of 390,028 tourist arrivals a year ago. Tourists from Japan came in third, providing 231,439 tourist visitors to the Philippines, constituting 9.18% of the total. It grew by 8.82% vis-à-vis its tourist arrivals of 212,684the previous year.
Tourists from China contributed 166,219 arrivals for a share of 6.59% to the total. This figure was up by 29.87% compared to its tourist arrivals of 127,985 for the same period last year. Tourist arrivals from Taiwan grew by 32.14% with a share of 5.42% to the overall inbound traffic. Other markets with substantial contribution include Australia with 106,069 arrivals, Singapore with 84,960 tourist arrivals, Canada with 74,824 tourist arrivals, Hongkong with 67,844 tourist arrivals and United Kingdom with 66,592 tourist arrivals. Tourist visitors from Russia grew by 42.62% as its tourist arrivals reached 15,185 compared to its output of 10,647 tourist arrivals in 2011. Other markets with high growth rates and substantial tourist arrivals include France which registered a 14.79% growth (20,523 tourist arrivals) and Germany with 13.05% increase (39,936 tourist arrivals).
Facts from: DOT