Published on : Tuesday, February 18, 2020
In 2019, a total of about 1.74 million Chinese tourists visited Philippines, a 38.58 percent rise from the year before, data from the Philippine Department of Tourism (DOT) illustrated this on Monday.
Philippine Tourism Secretary, Bernadette Romulo-Puyat explained in a statement that a total of about 8.26 million international tourists holidayed in this tropical country well-known for its unspoiled beaches and century-old churches.
Puyat explained that in 2019 total tourist arrival experienced almost 15.24 percent growth over 2018’s year-end figure of 7.16 million.
As per the DOT data, China remains the second-largest tourism market with 1.74 million arrivals. South Korea is the top source market with a total of 1.98 million arrivals, for a 22.48 percent rise. And the United States is the third market which yielded almost 1.06 million visitors for a 2.90 percent rise.
Puyat defined the year 2019 as “a new milestone in the country’s tourism history” as foreign tourists’ arrivals reached the 8 million mark.
In 2018, tourism industries contributed 12.7 percent to the economy of Philippine, according to the Philippines Statistics Authority (PSA).