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|May 8, 2012|
Philippine Govt: Tourist arrivals in 1st quarter hits 'all-time high'
Manila: Tourist arrivals in the Philippines reached a record of 1.148 million in January to March, an increase
of 16.03 percent from a year earlier, a senior government official said on Tuesday. Philippine Tourism Secretary Ramon Jimenez, Jr. said the latest visitor data prove
the Philippine government's tourism campaign slogan -- "It's more fun in the Philippines".
"From this record, we have now achieved 25 percent of our international visitors
target of 4.6 million for this year," said Jimenez. "The world is now starting
to see that (the slogan) 'It's More Fun in the Philippines ' is not just a bunch
of words on a streamer. It is a competitive argument for choosing the Philippines
as one of the world's top tourist destinations. Philippine tourism is poised to
surge forward as we receive a steady increase of tourist arrivals, as seen in
the first quarter of this year," he added. Government statistics showed that South
Korea, the United States , Japan and China are the top four sources of tourists
who visited the Philippines in the first quarter this year.
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