DOT exceeds 2022 goal, records more than 2 million Filipino international tourists

DOT exceeds 2022 goal, records more than 2 million Filipino international tourists

Since the start of the year, the Philippines has surpassed 2 million international tourist arrivals, surpassing the Department of Tourism’s baseline target for 2022.

Tourism Secretary Cristina Frasco said in a statement on Saturday that the department’s data showed 2,002,304 international tourist arrivals in the Philippines from Jan. 1 to May 12.

With this record, DOT has surpassed its 2022 target of 1.7 million foreign tourists.

“Despite the challenges and difficulties our country faces, the pandemic and various disasters that have come to our shores, the good news is that this has not broken the spirit of the Philippines or diminished its beauty,” Frasco said.

Like the rest of the world, the Philippines was forced to close its borders to travelers in 2020 when the COVID-19 pandemic struck. The country will not open its doors to foreign tourists until February 2022.

South Korea topped the list of tourists with 487,502 (24.35%), accounting for almost a quarter of the total number of visitors so far, the ministry said.

This was followed by the United States with 352,894 (17.62%), Australia with 102,494 (5.12%), Canada with 98,593 (4.92%), and Japan with 97,329 (4.86%).

Rounding out the top ten are China (75,043), Taiwan (62,654), the United Kingdom (62,291), Singapore (53,359) and Malaysia (36,789).

The same report also said that the Department of Transportation’s revenue from inbound tourists from January to April this year was 168.52 billion pesos. This is 782.59% higher than the tourism revenue P19,093,427,035.59 generated in the same period last year.

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