International arrivals break 2M mark – DOT

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, May 14) -- The Department of Tourism (DOT) on Sunday said over 2 million international visitors have arrived in the country so far, well over the 2022 target of 1.7 million.

"Citing the latest data from the DOT, Secretary Cristina Frasco said the country recorded 2,002,304 international visitor arrivals from January 1 to May 12, 2023, already exceeding the entire year’s target for 2022 of 1.7 million foreign visitors," the agency said in a statement on Sunday.

The most number of visitors came from the following countries:

South Korea - 487,502

US - 352,894

Australia - 102,494

Canada - 98,593

Japan -97,329

China - 75,043

Taiwan - 62,654

United Kingdom - 62,291

Singapore - 53,359

Malaysia - 36,789

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Frasco said the country was on the verge of tourism success.

"You can feel it, you can hear it, you can see it, it's our time Philippines, it’s our time to become Asia’s leading tourism powerhouse," she said.