Tourism revenue soars to P130.6 billion
The Department of Tourism (DOT) said on Thursday that the country’s tourism earnings had hit PHP130 billion and that there had been an increase in visitors to over 2.39 million.
The loosening of travel restrictions and health norms, according to Christina Frasco, secretary of tourism, has contributed to the strong tourism receipts, which as of October 31 totaled USD2.34 billion or PHP130.59 billion.
As of December 15, 2022, there were 2,397,919 foreign tourists, with Americans accounting for the majority (447,278). South Korea came in third (374,097 visitors), followed by Australia (118,228), Canada (109,041), the United Kingdom (90,196), and South Korea (118,228).
“The Department of Tourism predicted that by the end of this year, there would only be 1.7 million arrivals. We’ve seen that we now have visitor arrivals of close to 2.4 million, considerably above projection, thanks to the measures that have been implemented and the direction of our president to prioritize tourism “In an interview with reporters, Frasco said.
Although the numbers are still considerably below pre-pandemic levels, the DOT is optimistic that the country’s destinations will soon spur incoming travel.
As for international arrivals, Frasco stated, “Our goal is no longer to return to pre-pandemic levels, but rather to exceed them, just because the quality of our destinations in the Philippines far exceeds many elsewhere in the world, and also because the distinct warmth and hospitality of the Filipino people are unique in the entire world.
The DOT hopes to welcome between three and four million visitors in 2023.
“A little over 75% of our international arrivals are from outside the country. This indicates that the tourist sector is progressing nicely in terms of foreign arrivals. With the need for sustainable tourism in our destinations in mind, our goal is to continue that growth by asking our fellow Filipinos for assistance. We are working together with our local governments to achieve this goal “She spoke.
The DOT wants to reestablish the Philippines as a top tourism destination with the recently launched Bisita Be My Guest campaign.
As a result of the relaxation of travel restrictions, Frasco said, “we eagerly anticipate inviting our foreign friends and guests to visit our nation and to offer a wide range of culturally rich experiences together with all forms of outdoor recreational activities on water and on land.”
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