Tourist arrivals up

- (Samuel Medenilla)

Tourist arrivals went up despite the “tanimbala” or bullet-planting incidents in the country’s airports, the Department of Tourism said yesterday.

The DoT disclosed that 393,589 inbound tourists arrived last month, compared to the 328,981 a year ago, for an increase of 19.6 percent.

Korea remains the Philippine­s’ top source of foreign tourists from January to September this year with over 997,000 or 25 percent of the total 3.9 million foreign tourist arrivals for the first nine months. It was followed by the United States with 577,508, Japan with 380,815, and China with 373,795. In fifth was Australia with 170,706 while Singapore was sixth with 136,039.

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