The number of visitors to the Philippines has hit a record high during the first two months of this year. According to the Philippines' Department of Tourism, international tourist arrivals grew 10.5 per cent on the same period last year.
Over 850,000 travellers arrived in the Philippines during January and February of this year compared with just less than 773,000 the year before. “The country extended its record-breaking run by surpassing the 400,000 arrival mark for both January and February, making it three months in a row since December 2012 with 442,088 arrivals—an uptrend that is expected to continue until the summer months,” said Ramon Jimenez Jr, tourism secretary for the Philippines .
Visitors to the country in February alone increased by 15.52 percent to 418,108 arrivals – the first time the 400,000 mark has been passed in that month – and the tourism secretary has said that Chinese New Year played a big role in attracting tourists to the Philippines in February. Furthermore, the number of visitors arriving from Hong Kong and China grew by 93.8 per cent and 69.97 per cent respectively in February compared with the year before.
Speaking on the rise in tourism and plans for the future Mr Jimenez said that the Philippines’ “tourism numbers are now reaching unprecedented heights. We have a target of 5.5 million this year and 10 million by 2016.”
“Our efforts are in full swing to raise greater demand, facilitate entry and access to the different destinations, and for our suppliers and host communities to come together and create fun-filled experiences. We need to seize this momentum of rising global attention to reach more markets and bring about conversion.”
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