Domestic tourism increased in 2021 - DOT

Domestic tourism increased in 2021 - DOT

According to the Department of Tourism (DOT), the demand for domestic tourism soared in 2021 amid the pandemic.

In the 2021 Philippine Tourism Satellite Accounts (PTSA) and Tourism Statistics Online Dissemination forum held on June 28, the DOT and the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) bared encouraging industry figures.

According to the PTSA report, domestic tourism recorded a surge tallying 37,279,282 trips in 2021, a 38.16% growth compared to the 26,982,233 in 2020.

The top overnight destinations for local tourists last year were the National Capital Region (1,973,851), followed by CALABARZON (1,953,419), and Central Luzon (1,905,758).

“The DOT attributes the resurgence of domestic tourism to the collaborative efforts of the national and local government units to standardize health and safety protocols, reinforced by the active participation of tourism stakeholders from the private sector,” DOT Branding and Marketing Communications Assistant Secretary Howard Lance Uyking explained.

“And the Department’s aggressive campaign on domestic tourism carried out with our regional offices, and with the help of local tourism offices across the country, restored Filipinos’ confidence to travel,” he added.

Decline in Foreign Tourists

Meanwhile, the DOT noted the decline in foreign visitor arrivals as Philippine borders were closed last year. The country recorded a total of 163,879 visitors from January to December 2021, a decrease of 88.95% from 2020 arrivals of 1,482,535.

The United States topped the tourist arrivals with 39,326; Japan claimed the second spot with 15,024 arrivals, followed by China with 9,674 arrivals, India with 7,202 visitors, and Canada with 6,781, then Korea, with only 6,456 arrivals.

Turkey and the United Kingdom ranked 7th and 8th respectively,  each contributing more than 4,000 arrivals. Completing the top 10 markets are Middle East countries the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia, with more than 2,000 arrivals each.

Meanwhile, tourism industries employed about 4.9 million individuals in 2021, 4.6% higher than the 4.7 million employed in 2020. Tourism contributed 11.1% to the total employment of the country.

Visitor spending or tourist receipts generated in 2021 recorded an estimated Php 8.49 Billion, a decrease of 89.67% from the visitor receipts of PhP 82.24 Billion recorded in the same period of the previous year.

On average, a tourist spent around PhP 7,000 a day in the Philippines and stayed for an average of 10.58 nights.

“We continue to do this (online dissemination forum) because we recognize the considerable contribution of tourism to the Philippine economy and its role and importance in creating opportunities and in generating employment for our kababayans”, National Statistician Claire Dennis Mapa cited in his keynote message.

Tourists mostly visited the Philippines for holiday/leisure with a total of 15.99% purpose of visit followed by business trips (8.11%) and incentive travel (2.66%).

The average age of tourists that comes to the Philippines is 39 years old, the majority of whom are male travelers registering at about 59.25%, significantly edging female travelers at 40.49%.

“Armed with this data and information, the DOT can further improve and refine its current plans and programs, learn from its weaknesses, and pinpoint where our strengths and opportunities lie amidst the pandemic,” OIC Secretary Enrile said.


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