Some 579,178 international visitors, half of them from South Korea and the United States, got here to the Philippines in February this 12 months, the best quantity since 2013, Department of Tourism (DOT) statistics confirmed on Wednesday.

The determine represents a rise of 27.81 p.c over the previous 4 years and 5.36 p.c greater in comparison with the variety of visitors in February final 12 months, the DOT stated.

Visitors from South Korea topped all different markets in February, reaching 150,598, representing a 26-percent share of whole inbound site visitors in the Philippines. It was a 9.51-percent improve from the identical interval final 12 months.

“We have maintained and even increased figures from South Korea and we expect to see further growth, as Korean tourists perceive our country as a distinctive global destination built on unique experiences and rich natural beauty,” Tourism Secretary Wanda Teo stated in a assertion.

Completing the highest 5 markets for the interval are the United States with 137,598 (23.76 p.c); China, 78,251 (13.51 p.c); Japan, 53,957 (9.32 p.c), and Taiwan, with 20,472 (three.53 p.c).

Teo stated that as results of stepped-up promotion efforts by each authorities tourism our bodies and personal stakeholders, different markets additionally confirmed a rise in February, with Australian arrivals rising by 9.32 p.c (20,157), Canada by 21.39 p.c (19,016), and the United Kingdom by 15.65 p.c (15,226).

The secretary stated that among the many prime 12 markets, Germany registered the best per capital expenditure for February 2017. On common, a German customer spent P60,260.45 whereas in the nation.

The United Kingdom adopted with per capita spending of P47,533.15; then Canada, P43,761.75; Korea, P38,714.46, and France, P37,354.40.

Teo additionally stated the Philippines welcomed a whole of eight,176 cruise passengers by way of varied ports in the nation.

Manila remained the nation’s prime cruise vacation spot with recorded arrivals of two,785 passengers, adopted by Boracay with 1,145, Bohol with 692 passengers, and Pangasinan with 640 passengers.

The DOT stated the mixed January arrivals of 631,639 and the arrivals in February would have represented 17.30 p.c of the tourism sector’s goal of seven million international visitors for 2017.

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