The Philippines welcomed a total of 4,681,307 foreign visitors in 2013, surpassing the 4,272,811 arrivals recorded in 2012 by 9.56%. This performance marked a new milestone for the tourism industry as visitor arrivals demonstrated sustained growth despite the challenges of the previous year.
The highest growth rates during the year were recorded in February (15.8%), June (14.0%), and August (13.0%). Visitor count reached an all time high of more than 400,000 during the months of January, February, March, July, and December.
“Our key source markets generally performed well during the month of December, proof that international confidence has been regained. The Philippines is profoundly grateful for the outpouring of support, aid, and goodwill from all over the world. They were all instrumental in our road to recovery,” Tourism Secretary Ramon R. Jimenez Jr. said. Koreans remain the biggest source market with a 24.9% share in the total inbound visitors or equal to 1.17 million arrivals. It posted a 13% growth rate by yearend. The successful conclusion of air services agreement in this market has contributed to an increase in flight frequencies in the country’s key international gateways.
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