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Korean Influx
Philippines' top Tourists; nearly 570,000 Koreans visited the Philippines in 2006.

Their reason for stay in the Philippines comprise of 35% as Tourists, 35% Education,
and 30% Business and Retirement.


Tourists spend around US$100 per day.

Korean Students prefer to try out Filipino Food and products at least 2 times a week.

Korean Businessmen like to set up a meeting on a cozy restaurant or hotel in the Philippines


Koreans Displace Americans as Top Tourist Arrivals in 2006

Out of the 2.8 million tourists who came to the Philippines in 2006, Koreans topped the list with a recorded tourist arrival of 572,133. Korea displaced the United States (with 567,355 tourist arrivals) as the largest source of foreign tourists. Other tourist markets in the top 5 are Japan (421,808), China (133,585) and Taiwan (114,955). Based on statistics from the Department of Tourism (DOT), tourist arrivals from Korea rose by 16.9% from 2005 to 2006 while those from the US increased by only 7.4%. China posted the fastest increase in tourist arrivals of 24.3% among the top 10 tourist markets.

Table 1.  Top Ten Highest Visitor Arrival by Country of Residence: 2005 and 2006

Country

2005

2006

% Change

 

 

 

 

Total Visitor Arrivals

      2,623,084

      2,843,345

8.4

 

 

 

 

Korea

         489,465

         572,133

16.9

United States of America

         528,493

         567,355

7.4

Japan

         415,456

         421,808

1.5

China

         107,456

         133,585

24.3

Taiwan

         122,946

         114,955

-6.5

Australia

           96,465

         101,313

5.0

Hongkong

         107,195

           96,296

-10.2

Singapore

           69,435

           81,114

16.8

Canada

           72,853

           80,507

10.5

United Kingdom

           63,002

           68,490

8.7

Others

         550,318

         605,789

10.1

 

Tourist arrivals from Korea increased almost 10 times from 1985 to 2006. It is noted that after a decline of 51.8% in 1998, tourist arrivals from Korea has increased by almost six times. Tourists from China continue to exhibit an increasing trend with remarkable growths in the last two years: 171.5% in 2005 and 24.3% in 2006.

Figure 1. Percent Share of the Top Ten Visitor Arrivals by Country of Residence: 2006

 

Figure 2. Percent Share of the Top Ten Visitor Arrivals by Country of Residence: 2006

Meanwhile, Korea’s share to total tourist arrivals in 2006 was 20.1%, one percentage point higher than the U.S. with 20.0%. They are followed by Japan (14.8%), China (4.7%) and Taiwan (4.0%).  Among the top 5 tourist markets, U.S., Japan and Taiwan’s share have decreased since 2004

 

 

 

 

 

Source of basic data: Department of Tourism

Through www.nscb.gov.ph

http://www.nscb.gov.ph/factsheet/pdf07/FS-200707-NS1-02.asp

 



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