ATF 2019: Top 12 markets to the Philippines

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According to information announced by National tourism administration of Philippines at ATF 2019 (ASEAN Tourism Forum), Top 12 international markets to the Philippines in 2018 are listed as follows:

1. Korea: 1.295.862 visitors
2. China: 1.059.788 visitors
3. USA: 850.735 visitors
4. Japan: 530.228 visitors
5. Australia: 220.367 visitors
6. Taiwan: 204.776 visitors
7. Canada: 178.134 visitors
8. United Kingdom: 163.115 visitors
9. Singapore: 144.101 visitors
10. Malaysia: 120.976 visitors
11. Hong Kong: 102.947 visitors
12. India: 101.622 visitors

Philippines has been a popular tourist destination in ASEAN for decades. Manila capital city posesses many historical and cultural attractions, while islands are mostly famous because of picturesque view, white sands and beautiful beaches.

Philippines posesse 6 properties inscribed by UNESCO on the Natural and Cultural World Heritage List: Baroque Churches of the Philippines (1993), Tubbataha Reefs Natural Park (1993, 2009), Rice Terraces of the Philippine Cordilleras (1995), Historic City of Vigan (1999), Puerto-Princesa Subterranean River National Park (1999), Mount Hamiguitan Range Wildlife Sanctuary (2014) plus 19 more sites on the UNESCO Tentative List.

Among tropical beach destinations of Philippines the most frequently mentioned are Palawan, Boracay and Cebu.

The Philippines has experienced a surge in tourists in recent years. Boracay Island is one of the most visited islands of Philippines. With resident population of just 30,000 people, Boracay island got more than two million tourists arrivals yearly.

This over-tourism factor almost made the island paradise ruined. In April 2018 Boracay was closed for tourists for six-month period of repair and restoration.

According to representatives of Philippines at ATF 2019 (Halong Bay, Vietnam) at the moment Boracay Island is on soft opening stage. Some resort properties on Boracay are allowed to receive bookings. Confirmed hotel reservation is to be shown before the flight to Boracay.

Business & Leisure from ATF 2019
Photo: Dmitriy Guschin

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