Tourist Arrivals Up 6.64%

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Tourist volume in the country's top destinations during the first quarter of 2010 posted a 6.64 percent growth, with foreign tourist arrivals posting a 7.89 percent increase while domestic tourism was up by 6.09 percent, the Department of Tourism (DoT) said Wednesday in its First Quarter of 2010 Tourism Report.

Metro Manila was the leading destination with the total number of tourists growing by 437,170, equivalent to 37.10 percent. Foreign and domestic tourist arrivals significantly rose as more international and local meetings, congresses and conventions as well as special events were organized by major companies and organizations in the metropolis, the DoT report said.

The United States was the top tourism market with a 17.96 percent share, followed by the United Kingdom, Korea, Germany, Australia and Canada.

The DoT attributed the growth to the opening of new tourism products such as the Newport Entertainment City, Manila Oceanarium as well as the visit of more cruise ships at the Manila South Harbor.

Cebu was the second most visited destination with 435,987 tourists, registering a 3 percent growth. Top markets for Cebu included Korea with a 28 percent share followed by Japan (23 percent), USA (10 percent) and China (6 percent). With aggressive promotions of the DoT, 15 charter flights from Shanghai and Nanjing in China arrived in Cebu for the Chinese New Year celebration in February 2010 with more than 1,950 Chinese visitors arriving. …