Tourism revenue hits ₱100B after PH eased COVID-19 rules in February

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, November 16) — Tourism revenue increased to ₱100 billion after the national government further relaxed travel restrictions, putting the industry on course to recovery.

Amid the influx of visitors from February to September, tourism revenues reached ₱100.7 billion, a whopping growth from the ₱4.94 billion generated in the same period last year.

As of Nov. 14, the Department of Tourism (DOT) said there were a total of 2,025,421 visitors to the country. Over 1.48 million were foreign tourists while the remaining were overseas Filipinos.

The United States remained the major source of foreign tourists with 385,121. It was followed by South Korea, Australia, Canada, and the United Kingdom.

The Philippines also welcomed more tourists from Japan, India, Singapore, Malaysia, and Vietnam.

"Our latest figures have reached well beyond the 1.7 million tourist projections of the DOT. This goes to show that there is such a huge demand for travel into our beautiful country," Tourism Secretary Christina Frasco said in a statement on Tuesday.

"We therefore must meet this with the continued implementation of enabling mechanisms that will convey not only the country's openness to welcome more tourists but also conduciveness to tourism business and livelihood opportunities for our fellow Filipinos," she added.