Over 1.2M Chinese tourists visit Philippines in first eight months of 2019

MANILA (Xinhua) – A total of 1,209,312 Chinese tourists visited the Philippines from January to August this year, nearing the total of 1,255,258 Chinese tourists visiting the country for the whole year of 2018, figures from the Department of Tourism (DOT) showed yesterday.

The DOT said international visitor arrivals in the Philippines surged past the five million mark in August this year, boding bright prospects of attaining the tourism industry targets going into the last quarter of 2019.

According to the DOT, inbound foreign guests reached 5,554,950 for the period of January to August this year, indicating a 14.08 per cent increase from the 4,869,417 tourists recorded during the same period of 2018.

For the month of August alone, the DOT said a total of 702,843 foreign tourists arrived in this country famous for pristine and powdery white sand beaches.

The DOT monthly report showed South Korea registering 185,334 visitors in August, regaining the top post for the country’s tourist markets followed by China, which recorded 170,903 in the same period.