Manila, Philippines— 7,127,168 foreign tourists visited the Philippines last year tallying the highest ever number in the country’s tourism industry according to the Department of Tourism (DOT).
“This is a time that celebrates the 7.1 million tourist arrival count – the highest ever in our country’s history, while at the same time championing the cause of an economic activity that can support and transform lives of common Filipinos,” announced DOT Secretary Bernadette Romulo-Puyat.
Puyat today spearheaded the National Tourism Development Plan (NTDP) 2016-2022 review that aims to reassess the NTDP targets and DOT’s strategic action programs to make them more competitive, inclusive and sustainable.
The NTDP midterm assessment was attended by DOT officials, tourism stakeholders and partners from the private sector.
The island’s rehabilitation opened up opportunities for alternative destinations like Siargao, Iloilo, Palawan, La Union, Romblon and Siquijor, among others attracting more foreign tourists from the different markets.
USA remained at third with 1,034,396 arrivals. Japan and Australia wound up the top five markets with 631,801, and 279,821 arrivals respectively.
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