Foreign visitor arrivals for first half of 2018 reach over 3.7 million – DOT

Published July 20, 2018, 7:18 PM

by Roel Tibay

By Analou De Vera

The Department of Tourism (DOT) announced that foreign visitor arrivals for the first half of 2018 in the country has reached an “all-time high” of more than 3.7 million.

New Tourism Secretary Bernadette Romulo Puyat (CZAR DANCEL / MANILA BULLETIN)
Tourism Secretary Bernadette Romulo Puyat

The DOT has recorded 3,706,721 foreign arrivals from January to June 2018 and has “registered a double-digit growth of 10.40 percent” compared to the 3.3-million foreign tourist arrivals in the same period last year.

The tourism department said its “partnership with the private sector and intensified convergence with relevant government agencies served as impetus in sustaining the upward trajectory of foreign arrivals.”

“The DOT’s continuous marketing promotions, aggressive actions to create new air routes and develop new tourism products, travel facilitation, and confidence in tourism investments drummed up the industry and resulted in this stellar performance,” Tourism Secretary Bernadette Romulo-Puyat said.

“But I would like to emphasize that this will not be possible without the consolidated efforts of all stakeholders,” she added.

Puyat said the recorded foreign arrivals is a clear manifestation that the department’s target of 7.4- million arrivals by the end of this year will be achieved.

“We are actually on track. We are halfway the year and we are exactly halfway of our National Tourism Development Plan (NTDP) target arrivals,” the tourism chief said