Who needs Boracay? Puyat says arrivals break record

The Philippines set an all-time tourist arrival record last year with the visit of more than 7.1 million foreign tourists, mostly from Korea and China. ADVERTISEMENT“This is a time that celebrates the 7.1 million tourist arrival count, the highest ever in our country’s history,” Puyat said in a statement. South Korea remained the country’s top source of tourists with 1,587,959 arrivals while China was a most improved market, growing by 29.62 percent at 1,255,258 arrivals. December registered 687,726 foreign tourist arrivals becoming the second best to the month of January 2018 with 732,506 arrivals. World-classADVERTISEMENTPuyat said the country’s arrival growth rate is comparable to the Asia-Pacific growth average of 6 percent, citing data from the World Tourism Organization’s World Tourism Barometer.

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