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With 2.6 million international arrivals in 2022, PH surpasses its goal.

The holiday season brought additional advances for the Philippine tourism sector, which would surpass its 1.7 million targets by the end of 2022 with 2.65 million foreign tourists.

According to a news release on Monday, the arrivals resulted in PHP208.96 billion or USD3.68 billion in tourism income, a staggering 2,465.75-percent increase from 2021.

Arrivals rose in December as more Filipinos and foreigners alike chose to spend the Christmas and New Year holidays in the Philippines, according to data compiled by the Department of Tourism (DOT) from the time the nation reopened its borders to all travelers in February until December 31, 2022.

In contrast to the majority of the 2.02 million tourists from the top markets of the United States (505,089), South Korea (428,014), Australia (137,974), Canada (121,413), the United Kingdom (101,034), Japan (99,557), Singapore (53,448), India (51,542), Malaysia (46,805), and China, 628,445 of the 2.65 million foreign arrivals last year were returning Filipinos (39,627).

Additionally, the just-completed year produced 25,770 trained tourism stakeholders, 11,989 DOT-accredited tourism firms as of Dec. 29, 2022, and an anticipated 5.23 million jobs tied to tourism.

After only six months in office, DOT Secretary Christina Frasco was thrilled with what President Ferdinand R. Marcos Jr.’s government had accomplished.

She claimed that the expansion of the tourism sector was evidence of how hard the entire business had worked to recover from the enormous catastrophe brought on by the Covid-19 outbreak.

“Enormous opportunities can arise at times of great difficulty. In the past, humanity has weathered numerous tragedies including a global epidemic. In a statement, Frasco noted that the Philippine tourism sector has succeeded in exceeding expectations. “Our tourism partners and frontliners continue to present the world with the best of Filipino grace and hospitality.

“We look forward to a stronger-than-ever recovery in Philippine tourism in 2023, and we thank you for your support. Visitors from all over the world will be greeted with warmth and that distinctive Filipino smile as they enjoy our award-winning beaches, the diversity of our culture, and our well-known Filipino brand of exceptional customer service, she continued.

Frasco believes that the DOT will once again surpass its goals in 2023.

As our sector soars to the heights of being a tourism powerhouse in Asia, Frasco added, “We look forward to the continuous convergence and collaboration of our tourism stakeholders β€” tourists, tourism players, national agencies, local government units, and host communities.”

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