Department of Tourism - Philippines records 3.4M international tourists from January to May 2019 Edit

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Tourist arrivals hit 3.4 million mark

MANILA, PHILIPPINES-- Just for the first five months of 2019, a total of 3,489,270 tourists visited the Philippines, marking a 9.76 percent increase from last year’s figures, according to the Department of Tourism (DOT).

“The numbers are very encouraging. From 3,178,984 tourists recorded from January to May in 2018, we are already close to breaching the 3.5 million mark this year. This only shows that the preservation of our environment can go hand in hand with economic gains," said tourism chief Bernadette Romulo-Puyat.

Secretary Puyat noted that for the month of May, tourist arrivals saw an impressive 15.62 percent growth, the highest month-per-month growth rate this year to date, from 537,743 last year to 621,719 this year.

Tourist Arrivals (January to May 2019)

  1. Korea 788, 530
  2. China 733, 769
  3. USA 472, 469
  4. Japan 281, 988
  5. Taiwan 128, 986
  6. Australia 123, 851
  7. Canada 114, 605
  8. United Kingdom 92, 914
  9. Singapore 64, 951
  10. Malaysia 62, 144



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