More Scandinavian Tourist To The Philippines

Visitor arrivals in the first quarter of 2008 reached 858,244 arrivals to the Philippines, up by 8.5%.
    Scandinavia countries reflected double-digit growth rates namely: Finland with 49.7% growth (967 arrivals), Sweden with 22.4% growth (5,031 arrivals) and Norway with 33.3% growth (4,471 arrivals) while Denmark with 4,240 arrivals recorded a growth of 5.3%.
    Ten (10) cruise ships arrived from January to March with six (6) ships disembarking in Manila South Harbor with a total of 7,103 visitors while the remaining cruise disembarked in Subic, Cebu and Davao with visitors totaling 1,321.
    The Korean market led all other markets as it contributed the biggest arrivals of 175,147 during the first three months of the year.
    It shared 20.4% to total inbound traffic and registered a growth of 2.0% vis-a-vis its arrivals of 171,716 in 2007. Visitors from U.S. constituted the second biggest arrivals, numbering 166,128 and shared 19.4% to total visitor volume.
    This market grew by 6.3% compared to its contribution of 156,226 a year ago.
    The considerable turnout of visitors from January-March 2008 totaling 858,244 earned for the country some US$ 1.022 billion in tourist spend.
    In pursuit of expanding tourist spend, a Shopping Festival and Second Home Destination Program will be launched in September and October, respectively.


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