Philippines drew 11% more tourists in first quarter of 2017

Published on : Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Philippines TourismDuring the initial quarter of 2017, Philippines recorded an arrival of 11.4% more tourists that touched 1.784 as compared to the 1.6 million tourists in the same period last year.


Frederick M. Alegre who is the Tourism Assistant Secretary said on last Friday that this growth can be attributed to the 160,000 airline seats that were added this year thanks to new direct flights that would be connecting local secondary airports to South Korea and also China.


He had mentioned this at the ‘Balitaan’ media forum that was organized by the Capampangan in Media Inc. in cooperation with the Clark Development Corporation at the Bale Balita (House of News) here.


He went on to add that out of these new flights that are introduced, the ones from Kalibo to Shanghai, Cebu to Wuhan, Clark to Inchean, South Korea, Chongqing to Chengdu and Hangzhou to Chengdu would be functional.


Alegre said that in less than a year, Philippines had signed tourism deals with Russia, Turkey, Thailand, Cambodia and China.


He further stated that the arrival of Chinese tourists in Philippines had risen by as much as 30.3% at 240,354. The US tourists, on the other hand had increased by 11.6% at 258,097. Alegre said that South Koreans continue to top the list of travellers in the Philippines with 440,865 tourist arrivals.


Arrivals from Taiwan had reached 64,896 or a rise of 24.6%.


India demonstrated a marked improvement in arrivals by 21.63% to 26,905, he said. The tourists from Japan were around 106,251, marking an increase of 15.8%. The tourists from Canada were up by almost 14.2% touching 60,838 and the ones from Germany were about 29,301, going up by 2.38%.


Alegre also mentioned that talks are underway to host another Miss Universe Pageant in the country of Philippines, inspired by the successful Miss Universe Pageant that was held last January 2016.





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