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Tourist arrivals from Taiwan, Malaysia post biggest growths this year

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Malaysia has become the country’s 10 largest tourist market, up from the 11th slot in 2011. The Department of Foreign Affaors said this rise could be attributed to the increase in flights between the Philippines and Malaysia and “aggressive tourism efforts” by the Kuala Lumpur post to spread the Department of Tourism’s “It’s More Fun in the Philippines” campaign.

MANILA, Philippines—Tourists from Malaysia and Taiwan posted among the biggest jumps in arrivals this year as the tourism industry picked up through renewed marketing and enhanced air connectivity with key cities, the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) said Saturday.

The DFA said Taiwanese tourist arrivals in the country rose by 22.98 percent this year with a total 188,862 visitors, the strongest growth among the Philippines’ tourist markets.

This makes Taiwan the fifth-biggest source of visitors following top countries South Korea, with 830,000 arrivals, the United States, with more than half a million tourists, Japan with 341,000 and China with 215,000.

Citing a report from the Philippine Embassy in Kuala Lumpur, meanwhile, the DFA said some tourist arrivals from Malaysia rose by 22 percent this year, up from 2011 arrivals that totaled 97,154.

With the jump, Malaysia has become the country’s 10 largest tourist market, up from the 11th slot last year.

The DFA said this rise could be attributed to the increase in flights between the Philippines and Malaysia and “aggressive tourism efforts” by the Kuala Lumpur post to spread the Department of Tourism’s “It’s More Fun in the Philippines” campaign.

“The surge in Malaysian tourist arrivals is the second-strongest growth the Philippines has seen among its many markets, only surpassed by those coming from Taiwan. More and more Malaysians are discovering why, as our new tourism slogan goes, it’s more fun in the Philippines,” said Philippine Ambassador to Malaysia Eduardo Malaya said during a reception of the post’s tourism office this month.

He is optimistic of even more arrivals in the coming year with the expected improvement of the security situation in Mindanao, where tourism had been sidestepped by recurring conflict.

“We expect that this significant growth to continue and also see more foreign tourists going to Davao, Siargao and other destinations in Mindanao in the light of the signing of the Framework Agreement between the Philippine government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front. This may unlock the terrific tourism potentials of the region,” said Malaya.


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  • http://profile.yahoo.com/FFSZ7TIZZG47FYQFAZFIGYXKPM Pers

    kuripot ang chingaulo

  • i_am_filipino

    yeah direct flight from europeans. most of them spend more money than aseans

  • innit1

    There should be a direct flight from Europe to the Philippines. What happened.? European tourists are looking for new exciting travel destinations and Philippines can be one of them but sadly I do not see that. IN 2013, they are heading to Brazil, sri Lanka, Mauritius, south korea, Burma and Japan. Philippines should do something about this and get a slice of the billion tourism industry.

    Tourism services needs a lot of improvement in the Philippines too. Like punishing taxi drivers who do not use meters and of course being friendly. Filipinos are very shy and tourists like people who are smiling, helpful and superfriendly.

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/3VXUWOGAA2TGEISTZWRNVGJVZ4 nrcarcht

      Not only errant taxi drivers but also criminal thugs victimizing tourist.

  • Meow Ming

    Akala ko ba naman naka 1 million na ang korean tourist dito? Palabas lang pala.

    • Iggy Ramirez

      Nabasa ko nga din kahapon 1 millionth korean na daw yung dumating na binigyan pa ng libreng hotel accommodation at airplane tickets.

      • http://profile.yahoo.com/3VXUWOGAA2TGEISTZWRNVGJVZ4 nrcarcht

        True it is 1 million but not to a single year, maybe 4 years.

      • Iggy Ramirez

        No. It is in this year. But it is only this year, since Koreans have been coming to the Philippines, that they have reached a million.

    • yesyesyo

       That 830,000 figure is maybe 2 months old. It is true that the country received the 1 millionth korean visitor for 2012 just the other day.



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