Foreign arrivals plunge to 9-month low in April

Inbound arrivals in April fell to a nine-month low of 6,036 as Metro Manila’s revert to a strict lockdown drastically reduced the number of visitors entering the country.

Arrivals in April were the lowest in nine months since the 5,518 arrivals in July 2020, according to data from the Department of Tourism.

The latest figure, however, was a six-fold jump from just 948 during the same month last year – when government first restricted the entry of all passengers except for returning overseas Filipino workers.

By origin, at least one in every four visitors in April came from either the US or Japan. The US held the top rank among the source markets with 911 arrivals for the month of April. Japan remained in second place with 824 arrivals.

Rounding up the leading sources of passengers are: Turkey, (with 331), United Arab Emirates, (with 313), and India (with 231).

Over 13 percent of inbound travelers said they entered the country for a holiday.

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