Chinese went for 972 thousand person-trips to the Philippines in the first 9 months of 2018, a high growth of 34.9% year-on-year, surpassing the total of 968 thousand person-trips in 2017.
A total of 5.36 million visits to the Philippines were made by international tourists in the first three quarters. China was the second biggest tourist source, representing 18% of the overall foreign tourists.
South Korea remained to be the largest tourist source for the first 8 months with 1.06 million visits, a 0.91% drop. It accounted for 21.84% of the total entry number.
The top source countries and regions for tourist to the Philippines were South Korea, China, the U.S., Japan, Australia, Canada, British, Singapore, Malaysia, Hong Kong, and India. Philippine projected to receive 7.4 million visits from foreign tourists.
The Philippines grants for visas upon arrivals for qualified Chinese citizens in June 2018. The duration of stay is 30 days, which could be extended to the longest of 6 months. Besides, with the increasing direct flights between China and the Philippines, more and more Chinese traveled to the Philippines.
One of Philippines’ famous sites Boracay Island that has been closed for environmental improvement and renovation since April was reopened on 26 October. The Boracay Island received 2 million visits in 2017, 370 thousand of which were made by Chinese tourists. For Boracay Island, China is the biggest source of tourists.
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