The increase in visitor count in 2008 is greatly attributed to the strong performance of the high-spending tourists from the European continent.
Russia, posted the largest growth of 34 percent, France by 19 percent, and the United Kingdom by 10 percent. Scandinavian countries also recorded substantial increment as arrival from Finland grew by 19 percent, Norway by 16 percent and Sweden by 6 percent.
In addition, the Department of Tourism’s (DoT) effort to diversify and offer new tourist products in the market like adventure, diving and bird watching provided impetus to stimulate an increase in awareness of the country’s tourist potentials and substantial turnout of high-value visitors with greater propensity to stay longer and spend more.[Read More...]