PH received over 300k foreign tourists since it reopened last Feb. 10

PH received over 300k foreign tourists since it reopened last Feb. 10

The Department of Tourism remarked that the country exceeded the 300,000-mark in foreign tourist arrivals since the Philippines reopened its doors to fully-vaccinated leisure travellers three months ago.

Tourism Secretary Bernadette Romulo-Puyat said at the Laging Handa Briefing that between February 10 and April 25, the country received a total of 313,050 international arrivals.

Travellers from the US topped the list with 66,245 followed by tourists from Canada with 15,024 and Korea with 14,697. Australian, British, and Japanese tourists came next on the list with 14,530; 13,560; and 7,335 accordingly.

“At least sunud-sunod na, (its continous now) and for the Koreans and Japanese [they] are already coming.”

However, she said the figure is still far from the eight million pre-pandemic international tourist arrivals registered in 2019.

“Sa pre-pandemic levels naman with regard to international tourist arrivals, medyo malayo pa kasi nung 2019, we received about 8.26 million tourists. Pero masaya tayo kasi at least, we already received 313,050 international arrivals,” she added, based on the report by Inquirer.

(At pre-pandemic levels concerning international tourist arrivals, it is still a bit far because, in 2019, we received about 8.26 million tourists. But we are happy because at least we have already received 313,050 international arrivals.)

Meanwhile, Puyat said that the recently-concluded 21st World Travel and Tourism Summit hosted by the country proves the Philippines can “go back to normal” as long as tourists follow the health protocols and are fully vaccinated.

"The sustained growth in foreign arrivals in the country indicates the recovery of our tourism industry, and thus the country’s overall economy. With the recent holding of the World Travel and Tourism Council Global Summit in the Philippines, the DOT is optimistic that foreign tourism arrivals to the country will pick up even more as foreigners are made aware of the Philippines as a safe and fun destination to travel," Puyat said.

Furthermore, she noted the country earned a World Travel & Tourism Council safe travel stamp, which means the government implements quality-assured travel safety protocols amid the pandemic.

Last February 10, the country reopened to fully vaccinated foreign tourists from around 150 countries with visa-free arrangements, and on April 1, the government further eased travel restrictions as the Philippines started to accept international travellers from any country.

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