Tourism earnings hit P130.2B in first 7 months, up by 3%

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THE Philippines recorded tourism receipts of P130.22 billion ($2.77 billion) from 3.11 million visitors in the first seven months of the year, up by 3.08 percent from the P126.33 billion registered in the same period last year, the Department of Tourism (DOT) said.

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Latest DOT data on spending patterns showed that for July 2015, visitors had an average daily expenditure (ADE) of P4,863.71, higher by 16.73 percent than the P4,166.70 average daily spend recorded in July 2014, while the average per capita expenditure of visitors for July was P45,329.81. On the other hand, the average length of stay (ALoS) for the same month was registered at 9.32 nights.

Korea still provided the biggest visitor earnings for the country with P5.5 billion while visitors from the United States provided the second biggest visitor revenue estimated at P4.2 billion.

China was the third biggest source of visitor receipts with P1.3 billion while Japan placed fourth with receipts accumulating to P1 billion. Australia, with P969 million, was the fifth biggest visitor receipt contributor.

Also among the top 12 visitor markets of the country, visitors from Saudi Arabia recorded P74,290.62 average per capita spending while visitors from the United States registered the second biggest per capita spend of P64,038.10. Other top markets with high per capita spending include Australia with P53,497.05, Canada with P50,089.53 and Korea with P46,269.67.

Visitor arrivals

The DOT said visitor arrivals for the first seven months of the year totaled 3.1 million, up by 8.7 percent versus the 2.86 million arrivals for the same period in 2014. Consistent growth was achieved over the seven-month period, with the month of July recording the highest growth, as well as the biggest arrivals.

Air arrivals to the country for July 2015 were recorded at 486,570 visitors while those who entered the country by sea were registered at 3,154 visitors.

Manila being the primary port of entry of the country received the biggest arrivals with 333,390 visitors or 68 percent of the total arrivals.

Cebu accounted for 16.88 percent, hosting 82,645 visitors for July 2015. Kalibo received the third biggest number of arrivals with 53,838 visitors. It was noted that compared to their June 2015 share, Cebu and Kalibo increased their share of arrivals for the month of July 2015.

Arrivals by sea, which constituted 0.64 percent of the total, reached 3,154. Davao received the biggest number of visitors entering by sea at 1,252 while Batangas followed with 1,071 visitors. Combined arrivals from the rest of the sea ports aggregated to 831 visitors.

Asia contributed the biggest arrivals for the Philippines in July 2015 with 304,930 visitors for a share of 62.27 percent to the total arrivals. The Americas followed with 77,294 for a market share of 15.78 percent; Europe, which comprised 9.44 percent of the total, contributed 46,233 arrivals; while Australasia/Pacific and overseas Filipinos accounted for 4.96 percent and 4.52 percent, respectively.

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