International tourist arrivals in April hit 662,987, up 12 percent from over 591,137 visitors year-on-year, the Tourism Department reported Wednesday.
The top five markets, according to data released by the department, were China with 139,177, up by 26.8 percent; Korea with 130,707 or an increase of 13.7 percent; US with 87,710, up 2.5 percent; Japan with 57,724, or 17.8 percent higher; and Australia with 28,683, up 13.4 percent.
“With the heightened marketing initiatives with the private sector and travel trade counterparts in the various markets, improved connectivity arising from new flights, additional frequencies and expanded capacity brought about by new and upgraded airports, we anticipate more visitors to keep this upward trend sustained,” said Tourism secretary Bernadette Romulo-Puyat.
Meanwhile, foreign visitorsin the first four months totaled 2,867,551, up 8.6 percent from 2,642,241 on year.
“We also attribute increased travel movement and consumption to continued efforts in developing new and existing tourism circuits all over the country in pursuit of sustainable tourism,” Puyat said.