Foreign arrivals in Philippines up by 17% from 2009 despite travel warnings and hostage crisis

As of November 8, foreign arrivals in the Philippines this year have increased by 17 percent compared to the same period in 2009, reports the AFP. There have been 2.56 million recorded foreign arrivals despite travel warnings against the country and the hostage crisis in August.

Bureau of Immigration Chief Roland Ledesma said in a statement, "This is a positive sign that despite the negative travel advisories, we are succeeding in our efforts to promote the Philippines as a prime tourist destination." Because more tourists visit the Philippines in November and December, he said the number of foreign arrivals would likely reach at least three million by the end of the year.

Citing the bureau’s records, the AFP reported the top foreign nationals that come to the Philippines: Americans (679,406), South Koreans (525,564), Japanese (331,156), and Chinese (229,989).

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