By Analou De Vera
The Department of Tourism is looking forward that it will hit its target of 600,000 Japanese tourist arrivals by the end of this year.
“As we face the next half of 2018, we look forward with excitement to hitting a new high in Japanese tourism arrivals by breaching the 600,000 mark,” said Tourism Secretary Bernadette Romulo-Puyat.
The DOT said that Japan produced a total of 584,180 visitors to the country in 2017, placing fourth in the country’s tourism top market, with a 9.14 percent improvement from the 2016 arrivals of 535,238.
Meanwhile, during the first four months of 2018, there are already 230,199 Japanese tourists who visited the Philippines, “reflecting a 9.04 percent growth rate, placing fourth once again in the country’s top source market,” the tourism department said.
The DOT said that under the National Tourism Development Plan (NTDP) of 2016 to 2022, it targets to increase Japanese visitor arrivals to 1.37 million in year 2022.
The tourism department said that airline companies such as Philippine Airlines and Jetstar “were also set to expand and add flights from Manila and Clark to major cities in Japan.”