MANILA, Nov 16 (Mabuhay) –Revenues from the tourism sector breached P100 billion as over two million tourists visited the country since the reopening of its borders for leisure travel in February this year, the Department of Tourism (DOT) said Tuesday.

Tourists enjoy the white sand at Boracay Island. (MNS file photo)

According to the DOT, a total of 2,025,421 visitor arrivals were monitored in the country as of November 14. Of the figures, 73.43% or 1,487,343 are foreign tourists while 26.57% or 538,078 are overseas Filipinos.

Latest data from the agency also showed visitor arrivals from February to September 2022 raked in an estimated P100.7 billion, higher than the P4.94 billion recorded for the same period last year.

“Our latest figures have reached well beyond the 1.7 million tourist projections of the DOT. This goes to show that there is such a huge demand for travel into our beautiful country and that the Marcos administration’s prioritization of tourism is placing our country on the right track to recovery,” said DOT Secretary Christina Frasco in a press statement.

“We therefore must meet this with the continued implementation of enabling mechanisms that will convey not only the country’s openness to welcome more tourists but also conduciveness to the tourism business and livelihood opportunities for our fellow Filipinos,” she added.

In terms of the number of foreign tourist arrivals counted per country, the United States continues to hold the first place with 385,121 (19.01%). It was followed by South Korea with 285,583 (14.10%) and Australia with 96,297 (4.75%).

Ranked fourth and fifth are Canada with 89,248 (4.41%) and the United Kingdom with 77,267 (3.81%), respectively.

Meanwhile, Japan ranked sixth with 75,564 (3.73%), India at seventh with 41,292 (2.04%), Singapore at eighth with 39,801 (1.97%), Malaysia landed ninth with 35,128 (1.73%), and Vietnam at 10th spot with 32,970 (1.63%). (MNS)