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4.1 Million International Tourist Recorded In Philippines For The First Half of 2019

Based on the Department of Tourism (DOT), the Philippines has a total of 4,133,050 international tourists visited for the first 6 months of 2019, reported by Philippine News Agency.

According to a Tourism Secretary Bernadette Romulo-Puyat, they already reached the 4 million tourist visited within the first 6 months of the year. The Philippine tourism industry has indeed come a long way with better and increased connectivity. 

New, rehabilitated and expanded airports have contributed much to this growth.  She said “By expanding our portfolio of tourism products and by developing and promoting our lesser-known but emerging destinations, we have attracted a large yet diverse set of foreign travelers and have sustained our growth in the highly-competitive South East Asian region,”.

South Korea continues to be the top source market, with China coming in second. The United States ranks third, followed by Japan and then Taiwan, winding up the top 5 source of tourism markets.

The DOT also welcomed the US Homeland Security’s decision to delivered the public notice on travel to Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) following the security improvement, Philippines can expect more travelers from the US to visit the Philippines in the coming months.

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