South Korea Remains Philippines Number One Market

Philippines, data

South Koreans remain the top visitors in the Philippines in 2017, data from the Bureau of Immigration shows.

According to BI’s statistics released on Saturday, a total of 1.47 million South Koreans entered the country from January to November this year, higher than 2016’s 1.45 million.

 Tourists from the US came in second despite declining to 869,732 from last year’s 909,331 amid multiple travel warnings issued by Washington this year in light of recent security problems that troubled the Philippines.

Chinese visitors placed third with a total of 796,487 arrivals in the January-November period this year, sharply up from 2016 which saw 588,945 Chinese nationals visiting the Philippines.

To recall, the Chinese government, through its ambassador here, earlier said it was encouraging Chinese tourists to come to the Philippines as bilateral ties between the two nations continue to improve under President Rodrigo Duterte.

Trailing behind the top three foreign visitors in the country were Japan (510,736), Australia (218,719), Taiwan (196,485), Canada (179,522), the UK (177,321), Malaysia (127,232), Singapore (112,603), and Germany (76,639).

(Source: PhilStar)