Wednesday, 5 May 2010

Tourist arrivals up by 7% in Q1

by Jeremiah F. de Guzman
Manila Standard
http://www.manilastandardtoday.com/insideNews.htm?f=2010/may/5/news5.isx&d=2010/may/5

SOME 2.27 million foreign and local tourists visited the Philippines’ top destinations in the quarter to March, up 7 percent from 2.1 million a year ago, the Tourism Department said Tuesday.

Local tourists numbered 1.54 million and comprised 69 percent of the total, with Metro Manila topping all destinations after the number of tourists visiting it rose 37 percent to 437,170, the department said.

The number of foreign and domestic tourists increased as companies and groups organized more international and local meetings, congresses and conventions in Metro Manila, the department said.

More cruise ships visited the area in the quarter, with the Newport Entertainment City and Manila Oceanarium adding to its attractions.

Cebu was the second most visited destination in the quarter, when the number of tourists visiting it grew 3 percent to 435,987, the department said. Cebu’s top markets were Korea, which contributed 28 percent to the total number of foreign tourists. It was followed by Japan (23 percent), the United States (10 percent) and China (6 percent).

Third-ranked Camarines Sur welcomed 348,139 tourists, with the United States contributing 17.96 percent to the foreign visitor count. It was followed by the United Kingdom, Korea, Germany, Australia and Canada.

Boracay welcomed 20 percent more tourists, who totaled 190,178, with Korea contributing 28 percent to the total foreign visitor traffic.

And more Chinese charter flights were mounted from Chengdu and Hangzhou in China to Kalibo, a gateway to the island, for the Lunar New Year, while the visitors from Taipei rose 123 percent to 4,524 as a result of an increase in chartered flights to the island, the department said.

The other top tourist destinations were Davao City (157,248), Cagayan Valley (157,248), Baguio City (134,574), Zambales (90,015), Bohol (76,898), Puerto Princesa City (73,986), Negros Oriental (60,490), Camiguin Island (45,233), and Ilocos Norte (44,555).

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