The number of Chinese tourist arrivals in the country had decreased up to 70 percent, Bureau of Immigration officer-in-charge Siegfred Mison revealed on Tuesday.
He noted that in the previous three years, “China was number one and slid down number four” among the bureau’s top 10 tourist sources for the Philippines.
“Quite huge, there was a 70-percent decrease. Chinese tourists on visit here were close to a million before. They are now down to 200,000 to 300,000,” he said.
He noted that two-three years ago, the tourists from China were tops in the country’s tourist arrival.
Statistical data of top 10 tourist/nationality for the period of January 1 to December 5, 2013 of the bureau shows the top country visiting the Philippines is Korea with 1,010,056 arrivals.
Second is United States of America, followed by Japan, People’s Republic of China, Australia, Canada, Taiwan, Singapore, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Malaysia.
However, he explained that the immigration is just relying on the statistics of the arrival of foreigners, adding that they were not able to monitor the reason behind the decrease in number of Chinese tourists in the country.
“Baka iyong Luneta incident, nakaapekto. Marami, hindi natin alam,” he explained.
On August 23, 2010, at least eight Hong Kong citizens were killed and two others seriously injured after police officer Rolanda Mendoza held hostage the bus they were riding.