Figures from the Department of Tourism (DoT) showed a growth of almost 10% of foreign visitors to the Philippines for 2013. This translates to a total of 4,681,307 foreign visitors in 2013, which is a 9.56% increase from the 4,272,811 arrivals in 2012. According to Secretary of Tourism Ramon R. Jimenez, Jr., “Our key source markets generally performed well during the month of December, proof that international confidence has been regained. The Philippines is profoundly grateful for the outpouring of support, aid, and goodwill from all over the world. They were all instrumental in our road to recovery.”
Korea remains the biggest source market (24.9% share in the total inbound visitors), followed by the United States of America with 674,564 arrivals (14.4% share). The Top 12 tourist arrivals in 2013, by country, are the following: South Korea (1,165,789 arrivals; 24.9% of total arrivals), United States of America or USA (674,564 arrivals, 14.4%), Japan (433,705 arrivals; 9.26%), China (426,352 arrivals; 9.11%), Australia (213,023 arrivals; 4.55%), Singapore (175,034 arrivals; 3.74%), Taiwan (139,099 arrivals; 2.97%), Canada (131,381 arrivals; 2.81%), HongKong (126,008 arrivals; 2.69%), United Kingdom (122,759 arrivals; 2.62%), Malaysia (109,437 arrivals; 2.34%) and Germany (70,949 arrivals; 1.52%).
“We also hope to engage more Filipinos in appreciating the value of tourism in the country’s inclusive growth agenda and encourage them to take an active role in growing the industry by being better hosts to both local and foreign tourists,” the tourism chief added.