The Department of Tourism (DOT) on Tuesday (Nov. 15) reported that visitor arrivals to the Philippines have reached the 2-million mark and accounted for more than Php 100 billion in estimated visitor receipts since the country’s relaxation of border restrictions to foreign tourists last February 10, 2022.
“Our latest figures have reached well beyond the 1.7 Million tourist projections of the DOT. This goes to show that there is such a huge demand for travel into our beautiful country and that the Marcos administration’s prioritization of tourism is placing our country on the right track to recovery. We therefore must meet this with the continued implementation of enabling mechanisms that will convey not only the country’s openness to welcome more tourists but also conduciveness to the tourism business and livelihood opportunities for our fellow Filipinos,” Secretary Frasco said.
The DOT’s report as of November 14, 2022, showed a total of 2,025,421 visitor arrivals to the Philippines. Of this number, the majority, or 1,487,343 (73.43%) are foreign tourists, while 538,078, or 26.57 percent are overseas Filipinos.
Meanwhile, according to the DOT’s statistics office, visitor arrivals from February to September 2022 raked in an estimated Php 100. 7 billion, recording a 1938.14 percent increase from the Php 4.94 billion for the same period last year.
In terms of the number of foreign tourist arrivals count per country, the United States of America (USA) continues to hold the first place with 385,121 (19.01%). South Korea and Australia came in second and third, with 285,583 (14.10%) and 96,297 (4.75%), respectively.
Landing on the fourth and fifth spots are Canada with 89,248 (4.41%) and the United Kingdom with 77,267 (3.81%).
Other countries that made it to the top ten list of countries with the most tourist arrivals to the Philippines are Japan with 75,564 (3.73%), India with 41,292 (2.04%), Singapore with 39,801 (1.97%), Malaysia with 35,128 (1.73%), and Vietnam with 32,970 (1.63%).