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Published on : Friday, July 28, 2017
In the latest World Tourism Barometer, the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) showed that Philippines moved up in global ranking in terms of the number of international tourists it received that year. Despite missing its arrivals target in 2016, the Philippines moved up four places in arrivals to 45th.
Last year, there were some 5.9 million international visitors in the country which was almost 6 million lesser than the government’s target for the year.
The increased ranking, however, still puts the country behind other Southeast Asian nations, such as Thailand, which was ranked 9th, with 32.6 million visitor arrivals; Malaysia (12th), with 26.8 million visitors; and Singapore, (28th) with 12.9 million. Indonesia kept its ranking at 35th place, but the UNWTO failed to publish its arrivals data. Vietnam (37th) recorded 10 million arrivals.
However, the worldwide international tourist arrivals from January to April grew by 6 percent to 369 million. This certainly added to the business confidence reaching the highest levels in the decade. The first four months of 2017 accounts for some 28 percent of the total arrivals data for the year as per the UNWTO data.
Among the world’s top 10 destinations in 2016 in terms of visitor arrivals were: France (82.6 million), the US (no data available), Spain (76 million), China (59.3 million), Italy (52.4 million), the UK (35.8 million), Germany (35.6 million), Mexico (35 million), Thailand (33 million) and Turkey (no data available). Turkey was estimated to have dipped by four places in ranking “following the security incidents and the failed coup last year.”