Tourist arrivals in PH up by almost 20 percent in 2010 despite travel warnings

Over 3.4 million tourists arrived in the Philippines last year, almost 20 percent more than the approximately 2.8 million in 2009. The Manila Bulletin reported on Sunday that the Bureau of Immigration said travel advisories against the Philippines did not have any impact on tourists. Foreign arrivals even increased late last year, when most of the travel warnings were issued.

Immigration Acting Commissioner Ronaldo Ledesma told Manila Bulletin, "These numbers send a very clear message that the confidence of the international community in the Philippines and the government of President (Noynoy) Aquino is very strong... No amount of alleged or perceived terror threats can shake or erode that confidence."

The bureau’s records showed that the Department of Tourism exceeded its target of 3.3 million tourist arrivals in 2010.

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