Over 1.5 million tourists flocked to the Philippines
Over 1.5 million tourists flocked to the Philippines’ tourist spots in the first six months of this year, official figures from the Philippine Department of Tourism has revealed.
The Philippinesâ€™ international tourist arrivals for January to June 2007 reached 1,528,507, an increase of 7.6 percent from the 1,420,040 visitors recorded in the same period last year, the Philippine Department of Tourism (PDOT) has announced.
Based on statistics released by the PDOTâ€™s main office in Manila, the UK governmentâ€™s travel warning against the Philippines has not stopped Britons from traveling to the Philippines, which increased by 41.2 percent in the month of June alone.
The overall British arrivals from January to June posted a positive growth rate of 15.4 percent. The UK market went up to 37,665 from 32,645 over the first six months of the year, PDOT said. London is on its way to breaking the 70,000 barrier for the first time since year 2000.
Scandinavian and Nordic countries registered hefty percentage increases in arrivals for the first half of the year, including Denmark (24.2 percent), Finland (4.6 percent), Norway (15.4 percent) and Sweden (15.8 percent).