The Bureau of Immigration (BI) sees an increase in the number of tourist arrivals in the country during the holiday season.
In October alone, the PHilippines recorded more than 600,000 tourist arrivals.
“There were 634,000 arrivals for the month of October. So we see that it will increase this November and December. Until January which we consider as the peak season for travelers. In the past few months, we can see that it is increasing,” BI spokesperson Dana Sandoval said in a Laging Handa briefing Thursday.
Sandoval attributed this to the relaxation of travel restrictions due to the country’s improved COVID-19 situation.
“In December 2021, only over 195,000 total arrivals for the entire month, which is lower compared to pre-pandemic figures,” she said.
Earlier this year, the government relaxed entry restrictions for travelers as part of efforts to revive the economy amid the pandemic. (PNA)