Friday, 6 February 2009

European tourists to the Philippines growing

The Manila Bulletin

The increase in visitor count in 2008 is greatly attributed to the strong performance of the high-spending tourists from Russia, which posted a growth of 34 percent, France by 19 percent, and the United Kingdom by 10 percent. Scandinavian countries also recorded substantial increment as arrival from Finland grew by 19 percent, Norway by 16 percent and Sweden by 6 percent.

In addition, the Department of Tourism’s (DoT) effort to diversify and offer new tourist products in the market like adventure, diving and bird watching provided impetus to stimulate an increase in awareness of the country’s tourist potentials and substantial turnout of high-value visitors with greater propensity to stay longer and spend more.

Chinese tourists during the year expanded to 163,689 as the DoT worked with Chinese travel agents and airlines to mount new charter flights between Shanghai and Nanning to Cebu, Guangzhou to Clark, Nanning and Kunming to Manila.

Australia surpassed its previous year record with 121,514 arrivals, posting 8 percent increase. It also overtook Taiwan and Hong Kong, ranking it in the 5th place. Canada, another strong market, continued to show significant improvement with 102,381 tourists.

The Middle East market led by the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia posted 29% and 7% hike respectively, in tourist arrivals as Middle Eastern airlines enjoyed an average of 90% load factor between Manila to Dubai and Abu Dhabi as well as Cebu to Doha.

Korea and the USA remained the top source markets with a share of 19 and 18 percent, respectively, accounting for 38 percent of the total tourist inflow.

Cruise arrivals surged by 22 % with Manila and Cebu being the major ports of call. Aside from MV Costa Allegra, five (5) new cruise ships arrived with an aggregate of 4,226 passengers.

Year 2008 also saw the contraction in total outbound travel of key source markets. Korea’s total outbound declined by 4.9% (-594,054) Japan’s total outbound travel slipped by 7.4% (-1,290,591) and the USA by 0.4%.

This trend underpinned the United Nation’s World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) report that tourism growth in the Asia Pacific region was declining rapidly by mid 2008. Arrivals to Singapore dropped by 1.5% in spite of several high profile events.

Foreign tourists to Hong Kong with exception of arrivals from China also declined by 4.5%. Despite these market developments, international visitor arrivals to the Philippines grew by 1.5% in 2008, reaching 3,139,442.


  1. Philippine tourism is definitely on the upswing. The marketing program of the public and private sector has shown dividends.

    Fortunately, other people can see firsthand our world-class attractions, numerous adventure activities and hospitable services.

    explore. experience.enjoy. Philippines.

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