The Department of Tourism (DOT-6) attributed the increase in the number of Chinese nationals visiting Western Visayas to the strengthened Philippines-China ties.
DOT-6 Regional Director Helen J. Catalbas said the improvement in the relationship between the country and China boosted last year’s Chinese tourist arrivals in the region.
The agency, based on its partial data, recorded 384, 099 Chinese visitors in 2017. The number was higher compared to 281, 227 in 2016.
Catalbas is positive that more Chinese tourists will visit the region this year.
South Korea remained WV’s biggest tourist market. The region accommodated 385,220 Korean tourists last year.
Taiwan came in third with 42, 404 tourist arrivals, USA followed with 42, 396, and Australia with 24, 349.
The DOT-6 recorded 5, 268, 120 local and foreign tourists (partial) in 2017. They spent more than P117 billion during their stay in WV.
Of the total tourist arrivals last year, 2.1 million went to the province of Aklan; 857, 068 to Iloilo City; 831, 687 to Bacolod City; 811, 940 to Negros Occidental; 174, 473 to Iloilo province; 160, 613 to Antique; 156, 238 to Capiz; and 113, 438 to Guimaras.IMT