The Philippines Tourism: 1.2 Million International Tourist Arrival in 2024’s First Months

The Department of Tourism (DOT) on Tuesday (Mar. 5) expressed confidence in sustaining the countryโ€™s tourism gains under the Marcos administration, with international visitor arrivals to the Philippines breaching the 1.2-million mark in just a little over the first two months of 2024.

โ€œ๐˜ˆ๐˜ด ๐˜ฐ๐˜ง ๐˜ต๐˜ฐ๐˜ฅ๐˜ข๐˜บ, [๐˜”๐˜ข๐˜ณ๐˜ค๐˜ฉ 5], ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ ๐˜—๐˜ฉ๐˜ช๐˜ญ๐˜ช๐˜ฑ๐˜ฑ๐˜ช๐˜ฏ๐˜ฆ๐˜ด ๐˜ฉ๐˜ข๐˜ด ๐˜ณ๐˜ฆ๐˜ค๐˜ฆ๐˜ช๐˜ท๐˜ฆ๐˜ฅ ๐˜ฐ๐˜ท๐˜ฆ๐˜ณ 1.2 ๐˜ฎ๐˜ช๐˜ญ๐˜ญ๐˜ช๐˜ฐ๐˜ฏ ๐˜ช๐˜ฏ๐˜ต๐˜ฆ๐˜ณ๐˜ฏ๐˜ข๐˜ต๐˜ช๐˜ฐ๐˜ฏ๐˜ข๐˜ญ ๐˜ท๐˜ช๐˜ด๐˜ช๐˜ต๐˜ฐ๐˜ณ๐˜ด: ๐˜ข ๐˜ณ๐˜ฐ๐˜ฃ๐˜ถ๐˜ด๐˜ต ๐˜ช๐˜ฏ๐˜ฅ๐˜ช๐˜ค๐˜ข๐˜ต๐˜ช๐˜ฐ๐˜ฏ ๐˜ฐ๐˜ง ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ง๐˜ถ๐˜ต๐˜ถ๐˜ณ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ฐ๐˜ง ๐˜—๐˜ฉ๐˜ช๐˜ญ๐˜ช๐˜ฑ๐˜ฑ๐˜ช๐˜ฏ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ต๐˜ฐ๐˜ถ๐˜ณ๐˜ช๐˜ด๐˜ฎ. ๐˜Š๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฆ๐˜ณ๐˜ด ๐˜ต๐˜ฐ ๐˜ข๐˜ญ๐˜ญ ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ณ๐˜ฆ๐˜ข๐˜ด๐˜ฐ๐˜ฏ๐˜ด ๐˜ต๐˜ฐ ๐˜ค๐˜ฆ๐˜ญ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฃ๐˜ณ๐˜ข๐˜ต๐˜ฆ ๐˜ข๐˜ฏ๐˜ฅ ๐˜“๐˜ฐ๐˜ท๐˜ฆ ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ ๐˜—๐˜ฉ๐˜ช๐˜ญ๐˜ช๐˜ฑ๐˜ฑ๐˜ช๐˜ฏ๐˜ฆ๐˜ด,โ€ enthused Tourism Secretary Christina Garcia Frasco.

Based on the DOTโ€™s report for January to March 2024 as of March 5, international tourist arrivals to the Philippines have tallied 1,227,815.

Foreign tourist arrivals took the lionโ€™s share, with 1,160,129 or 94.49 percent. Meanwhile, 67,686 or 5.51 percent consist of Overseas Filipinos (OFs).

According to Secretary Frasco, this is 22.86 percent higher than the 999,390 arrivals received by the country in the same period in 2023.

In terms of international visitor arrivals, South Korea remains the countryโ€™s top source market for visitors with 349,956 or 28.50 percent of the total, followed by the United States of America (USA) with 195,603 or 15.93 percent, China with 85,876 (6.99%), Japan with 73,159 (5.96%), and Canada landing on the fifth spot with 50,555 (4.12%).

Meanwhile, Australia took the sixth spot with 50,488 (4.11%), Taiwan with 42,955 (3.50%), United Kingdom with 30,507 (2.48%), Singapore with 25,253 (2.06%), and Germany with 20,816 (1.70%).

Notably, the DOT is also seeing an increase in terms of estimated visitor receipts.

Based on data from the Visitor Sample Survey, estimated visitor receipts for January 2024 have totaled USD 652.26 million, or 4.84 percent higher than the USD 622.14 million recorded in January 2023.

It may be recalled that in 2023, the Philippines received over 5.45 million international visitor arrivals, successfully breaching the 4.8 million arrivals target set by the industry. This year, the country has a baseline target of 7.7 million arrivals.

Source: Department of Tourism -Philippines

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