Foreign visitation to Philippines has risen by a small 2.85 per cent between January and April 2014 compared with the same months in 2013.
The Department of Tourism has not published separate March 2014 figures but the April 2014 statistics indicate that visitors from mainland China dropped 7.75 per cent and the very important South Korean market declined 5.3 per cent, while Taiwanese visitors continued to fall away due to the political spat, down 33.7 per cent comparing Aprils 2014 and 2013.
There are some continuing bright spots. The UK is up 29.9 per cent, perhaps helped by Philippine Airlines five times a week nonstop flights from London Heathrow to Manila (please support it), while Malaysian tourists rose 29.1 per cent, Canadian visitors 15.1 per cent, Australia 12.8 per cent and in a most encouraging sign, USA visitors up 12.6 per cent. *.2 per cent more visitors arrived from Hong Kong which is pelasing.
This small rise shows that when 'mainland China and especially South Korea get a cold, Philippines suffers' to coin a far too long phrase.
Nonetheless it is creditable that overall visitor numbers are still rising. I suspect that Australians may spend more on a visit than mainland Chinese.
The South Korean decline may be due to the state of its economy. Visitors from South Korea had increased rapidly, a trend which is unlikely to continue forever as there must be a natural plateau: