More than 38 million tourists visited Metro Manila in the first half of 2019, the National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) said on Thursday.
It attributed the rise in the number of visitors to the improved peace and order situation in the metropolis.
NCRPO chief Guillermo Eleazar said combined data from police districts and the Department of Tourism showed that 38.1 million tourists visited Metro Manila from January to June this year.
“Compared to the last three years of the previous administration, the Duterte administration has recorded a 58-percent decline in the volume of major crimes such as murder, homicide, rape, theft, robbery, kidnapping, carnapping, motornapping and serious physical injuries,” he said.
Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry President Alegria Limjoco said improved security was vital to the growth of the tourism sector.
Eleazar said the NCRPO would boost police presence in destinations frequented by tourists.