The Philippines receives a record of 6.8 million tourists last year

Published on : Friday, January 12, 2018

PhilippinesExceeding expectations and going past political noise on the war on drugs and terrorism in Mindanao, tourist arrivals in the Philippines reached a record 6.8 million last year, surpassing the government’s target of 6.5 million, according to the Department of Tourism (DOT).

Tourism Secretary Wanda Corazon T. Teo said that preliminary figures indicate around 6.8 million foreigners came to the Philippines last year.

Teo said, “It was almost 7 million. Our target was 7 million, but we have to reduce it to 6.5 million.”

Tourist arrivals in the Philippines last year was 15 percent higher than that of 2016. With the impetus the country gained from last year, Teo said that the DOT is aiming to attract 8 million tourists this year. She said that besides the usual tourists from South Korea, the United States and China, the Philippines is also beginning to pique the interest of the Russians—mainly due to active relations between Moscow and Manila under President Duterte—and Canadians.

The tourism chief also said that she expects more tourist arrivals from China under Manila’s warmer ties with Beijing. From January to August last year, the Philippines earned as much as $3.3 billion, or P166.3 billion.


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *


You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <s> <strike> <strong>

arrow2Follow TTW
facebook-logo  twitter-logo  LinkedIn_logo  stumbleupon-logo   rss_logo 
ttw_blogger_logo  ttw_blogger_logo  ttw_blogger_logo


  • 02 WTM London 2018
  • 03 imexamerica 2018
  • 03 ITB Asia 2018
  • 09 ttfotm 2018
  • 10 Astana leisure 2018
  • 11 lodgingconference 18
  • 11 ttgincontri 2018
  • 12 plannersxtraordinaire 2018
  • 13 aite 2018
  • 13 bitf 2018
  • 14 Global Wellness Summit 2018
  • 14 SATTE 2019
  • 14 traveltechme 2018
  • 18 hospitalityqatar 18
  • 18 Hotel Management Asia Summit 2018
  • 19 bricsaconsulting 2018
  • 20 CITE_TTW 2018
  • 20 sahicsouthamerica 2018
  • 30 PATA


Get our toolbar!
Review on