The Philippines’ tourism revenue reached 9.3 billion dollars last year, up by 21 percent from 7.7 billion dollars in 2018, the Department of Tourism revealed.
Aside from all-time high earnings, 2019 also witnessed several tourism milestones as the Philippines achieved its targeted 8.2 million international arrivals.
Tourism Secretary Bernadette Romulo-Puyat said these figures confirmed the importance of the tourism sector as a key economic driver of the Philippines.
Foreign guests to the Philippines incurred 128 dollars in average daily expenditure while the average per capita expenditure for a whole trip is pegged at 1,218 dollars on an average stay of 9.5 nights.
The double-digit growth in visitors was observed from February to December 2019, with August exhibiting the highest growth at 31 percent. Meanwhile, the largest revenues were recorded in December at 872 million dollars.