PH tourism on fire! 2M international tourists bring back the vibes

The Philippines has registered over two million international visitors in the country for the first quarter of the year, according to the Department of Tourism.

In a major comeback for the Philippine tourism industry, the Philippines has registered an impressive milestone: over two million international visitors have already graced the country’s shores for the first quarter this year.

From January 1 to March 31, the country raked in a whopping Php157.62 billion in tourism receipts, marking a remarkable recovery rate of roughly 120.70% from the same period in pre-pandemic 2019, according to the Department of Tourism in a statement.

The agency further reported that as of April 24, a total of 2,010,522 international visitors have entered the country, with foreign tourists accounting for 94.21% of the total arrivals. This marks a 15.11% increase from last year’s international arrivals, showing a rosy trend in Philippine tourism.

Leading the pack as the Philippines’ top source market for inbound visitor arrivals is South Korea, contributing 27.19% of the total, followed closely by the US, China, Japan, and Australia.

“We are hopeful that with more investments in tourism infrastructure as well as much needed increase in connectivity as well as improvements in air, land, and sea infrastructure and accessibility, the numbers can further increase,” stated Tourism Secretary Christina Garcia Frasco.

The Philippines aims to welcome 7.7 million international visitors this year, nearing its pre-pandemic record-breaking achievement in 2019.