By Analou De Vera
The number of international tourist arrivals in the country has already reached more than six million, the Department of Tourism (DOT) reported on Friday.
“The Philippines received a total of 6,161,503 visitors from January to September 2019, indicating a 14.37 percent increase from the 5,387,458 arrivals for the same period last year,” the DOT said in a statement.
For the month of September alone, a total of 606,553 visitor arrivals were recorded, which poses a 17.09 percent growth as compared to the 518,041 visitor count in September 2018, the DOT said.
“The figures look very promising, and we are glad that more tourists are visiting us in light of the accolades received by the Philippines and our destinations throughout the year,” said Tourism Secretary Bernadette Romulo-Puyat.
The tourism department said that South Korea remains the country’s top source market with 1,450,792 arrivals.
China claimed the second spot with 1,359,817 arrivals followed by the United States of America with 792,619; Japan with 518,211; and Taiwan with 252,578.
To note, the DOT is targeting to achieve 8.2 million foreign tourist arrivals by the end of this year.