PH’s top int’l tourists are from Korea, China — DOT

  • Philippines’ top international visitors are from Korea and China
  • Tourism Secretary Wande Teo said there has been a tight contest between the Chinese and the Koreans
  • 477,087 Koreans, 371,429 Chinese tourists came to the country in the first three months of the year

The Philippines’ top international visitors are from China and Korea, the Department of Tourism (DOT) disclosed.

“For the first quarter, it has been a tight contest between the Chinese and the Koreans. In fact, these two key markets, together with the Americans, already comprise more than half our tourist arrivals,” Tourism Secretary Wanda Teo revealed.

From the more than 86,000 gap between the Korean and Chinese tourist arrivals in January, the Chinese closed the margin to just 7,838 in March, on a per month basis comparison, it was disclosed.

A total of 477,087 Koreans came to the country in the first three months of the year while there were 371,429 Chinese arrivals.

Meanwhile, American tourists ranked third with 284,946; followed by the Japanese at 181,178, and Australians at 74,027. In addition, also in the top 12 tourist source markets are Canada with 70,501, Taiwan with 59,877, United Kingdom with 56,521,  Singapore with 44,398, Malaysia with 37,09, Hongkong with 36,777, and India with 32,999.

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