A total of 2.51 million foreign tourists visited the Philippines in the first five months of the year, up 13.02 percent from 2.22 million arrivals during the same period in 2015, data from the Department of Tourism show.
In May 2016 alone, foreign tourists reached a total of 445,449, posting a 7.61 percent increase against the 413,937 visitor count in the same period last year.
Korean remained the top market with 576,332 visitors making up 22.88 percent of the total arrivals followed by the US with 377,595 visitors (a share of 15 percent) and China with 285,348 visitors (a share of 11.33 percent).
Rounding up the top ten markets are Japan (223,042 visitors), Australia (108,382 visitors), Taiwan (89,792 visitors), Canada (82,340 visitors), United Kingdom (76,275 visitors) Singapore (75,756 visitors) and Malaysia (60,911 visitors).
Among the top markets, China posted the highest growth of 80.79 percent followed by Taiwan with 29.45 percent increase.
As for receipts, DOT recorded a total of P106.61 billion in the first five months of the year from various tourism activities, or 13.53-percent higher than the P93.91 billion in the same period last year.
For the month of May 2016 alone, receipts amounted to about P19.95 billion, posting a significant increase of 18.97 percent from the P16.77 billion in May 2015.
The Average Daily Expenditure of a visitor in May 2016 was P5,580.24, or a 21.75 percent more than the P4,583.29 in May 2015.
On the other hand, the Average Length of Stay of tourists was nine to 10 nights.
DOT plans to lure 6.5 million foreign tourists and $6.5 billion receipts by year-end.
Tourism Secretary Wanda Corazon Teo said that she plans to sustain tourism numbers by introducing new tourist destinations, particularly in Mindanao, and by strengthening tourism promotions.*PNA
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