tourist arrivals - updates

Rappler's latest stories on tourist arrivals


East Asians dominate Boracay arrivals

Aug 09, 2019 - 10:15 AM

The Malay Municipal Tourism Office records show that from January to July over 1.3 million foreign and domestic tourists have visited the world-class resort island

BACK in BUSINESS. File photo of tourists on the pristine white Boracay beach. Photo by Boy Ryan B. Zabal

Philippines hits 3.7 million foreign tourists mid-2018

Jul 19, 2018 - 6:45 PM

Foreign tourist arrivals increase by 10.4%, compared to the 3.3 million recorded for the January-June period last year

TOURIST ARRIVALS. Foreign tourists pass health declaration checklist in NAIA. File photo by Jedwin Llobrera/Rappler

Over 553,000 tourists visited Boracay in 1st quarter of 2018

Apr 18, 2018 - 10:16 AM

The tourism department says the island accommodated 376,171 foreign tourists from January to March 2018

TOURIST ARRIVALS. The Department of Tourism reports the number of tourists who arrived in Boracay Island from January to March 2018. Photo by Boy Ryan Zabal/Rappler

Koreans, Chinese are top PH tourists in first 10 months of 2017

Dec 13, 2017 - 3:10 PM

Chinese arrivals also record the biggest surge, jumping 39.28%, while Indian visitors rose 20.28%

Cebu’s tourism remains vibrant despite foreign travel warnings

Sep 29, 2017 - 9:00 AM

Superintendent Jonathan Cabal of the Central Visayas police calls on foreign embassies to lift the travel warnings they have issued on the region since 2016

FACT CHECK: DOT's 'misleading' tourism graphs in 2017 report

Jul 27, 2017 - 11:54 PM

The way the graph was presented made it appear like the 109 jump in revenue happened during the first year of the Duterte administration Including data for intervening years in the graph would have shown that the numbers have been progressively increasing since 2011

Record-high 1.7M tourists in Boracay in 2016

Jan 06, 2017 - 11:06 AM

The number of foreign tourists in the world famous Philippine island resort surges to 868 765 in 2016 while domestic tourists register 813 302 arrivals

Boracay Island on track to reach 1.7 million arrivals - DOT

Dec 24, 2016 - 9:50 AM

A total of 1 585 821 tourists have stayed in Boracay as of the month of November 15 percent higher compared to same period last year

PEAK SEASON. Most of the local hotels in Boracay are already booked for the holidays.

China lifts travel advisory vs PH

Oct 20, 2016 - 4:25 PM

The lifting is expected to help Chinese and Philippine governments reach the target of 1 million Chinese tourists arrivals in the Philippines by end of 2017

AFTER TALKS. President Rodrigo Duterte and Chinese President Xi Jinping after their bilateral talks on October 20, 2016. Photo by Pia Ranada/Rappler

Thailand hoping to attract wealthier travelers

Dec 25, 2015 - 3:50 PM

The backpacking destination is targeting women luxury holiday makers and sports tourists luring them to stay longer and spend more money

TOURISM. The vital tourism industry remains one of the few economic bright spots in Thailand following a year in which the junta-led government has struggled to kick start the kingdom's stumbling economy. File image of Pattaya from Wikipedia

Tourism and a fetish for arrival numbers

Nov 05, 2015 - 8:30 AM

Our conversations should not focus on raw numbers but the substance behind it

CLASSIC CORON BEAUTY. This view on the way to Coron’s Kayangan Lake is a famous picture-perfect spot where Coron tourists have their photos taken

PH tourism industry bounces back in September

Nov 13, 2014 - 6:29 PM

The Philippines sees a 17 surge in tourism revenues in the first 9 months of the year despite 4 governments warning its citizens against travelling to the country

#BangkokShutdown: 'Protest sites offer good shopping too'

Feb 18, 2014 - 11:09 AM

Two months into Shutdown Bangkok protestors are proving their dedication to the cause as well as their entrepreneurial skills

OCCUPY BANGKOK. A protest area in one of Bangkok's busiest streets resembles a street fair with vendors selling all sorts of wares and food. All photos by Zak Yuson/Rappler

Who are PH's top tourists?

Feb 13, 2014 - 2:51 PM

Find out which countries topped the Philippines tourist list in 2013

Chinese tourists in PH up by 70% – DOT

Dec 18, 2013 - 7:49 PM

Over 3 million tourists have entered the country in 2013 as of December 5

Manila-Russia direct flights start Oct 27

Oct 26, 2013 - 11:57 AM

PAL and its Russian airline partner start direct Manila Vladivostok chartered flights in October

TRIP TO RUSSIA. Philippine Airlines will fly direct the Manila-Vladivostok route starting October initially via chartered flights. File photo by AFP/Jay Directo

PH to review tourism targets

Oct 18, 2013 - 10:57 AM

Government now expects 5 million tourist arrivals by end 2013 short of the 5 5 million original target

Tourist cancellations hit Bohol, Cebu after quake

Oct 18, 2013 - 10:14 AM

Some foreign tourists cancel their plans to visit Bohol and Cebu top travel destinations after the 7 2 magnitude earthquake

NATIONAL TREASURE. Basilica Minore del Sto Niño in Cebu City loses its belfry to the 7.2-magnitude earthquake. Photo from Jose Farrugia

Jimenez: Tourist arrivals steady despite Zambo crisis

Sep 17, 2013 - 7:48 PM

There are no trip cancellations so far says the Tourism chief

Passengers form a long line in front of airlines check in counters at the terminal building of Manila international airport on June 16, 2008. AFP PHOTO/TED ALJIBE

2.8-M tourist arrivals in Jan-July half of 2013 target

Sep 02, 2013 - 4:58 PM

Tourist arrivals in the first 7 months of 2013 hit 2 8 million about half of the 5 5 million target for the year

Holy Week, Labor Day are busiest travel seasons in PH

May 10, 2013 - 11:47 PM

Holy Week and Labor Day are Filipino s favorite time to travel

NO BANS. The Philippines expects lifting of aviation sanctions from the US and the EU. AFP Photo

1.27-M tourists visited PH in Q1, up 11%

Apr 26, 2013 - 10:04 AM

Koreans Americans Japanese and Chinese remain the top tourist markets of the Philippines In January to March arrivals contributed only 23 to the 5 5 million 2013 goal

WORLD'S BEST. Sun, sand and Filipinos make Boracay one of the world's best

Tourism to account for 20% of jobs by 2016: official

Feb 14, 2013 - 9:58 AM

Tourism is expected to contribute 11 to the Philippines GDP and provide up over 18 of total jobs by 2016 Tourism Secretary Ramon Jimenez Jr says

TOURISM JOBS. The industry is expected to contribute 11% to the Philippines' GDP and provide up over 18% of total jobs by 2016, Tourism Secretary Ramon Jimenez Jr. says. Photo by AFP

Malaysia now 10th biggest tourist market of PH

Dec 29, 2012 - 4:45 PM

Tourist arrivals from Malaysia rise 21 92 to 91 230 in the 10 months to October from last year the second fastest growth next to the 22 98 increase in arrivals from Taiwan

Taiwana and Malaysia tourists flock to Philippines

Philippines supports unified ASEAN visa

Sep 27, 2012 - 5:26 PM

The Philippines lags behind its international neighbors in tourist arrivals and the country s government hopes one measure to help it keep up could be a unified visa with other ASEAN countries

Aquino: Pocket open skies, infra boosting tourism

Jul 13, 2012 - 4:05 PM

President Aquino says the pocket open skies policy and infrastructure projects are improving tourist arrivals

Aquino downplays impact of China travel boycott on tourism

May 24, 2012 - 7:59 PM

The President says China is a small market for the Philippines and any decline in the number of tourists from the country will be offset by other markets

PH expects 7.7% share of Asean tourists by 2015

Jan 15, 2012 - 1:54 PM

Of the 107 million tourists that will visit Asean nations by 2015 the Philippines expects to corner 8 2 million

TOURISM. The Philippines expect to corner over 7% of the expected 107 million tourists visiting Asean nations by 2015