After Super Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan) struck the central Philippines on Friday, devastating the provinces of Leyte and Eastern Samar, and areas in the Southern Tagalog Region, hundreds of tourists have been stranded for days by the storm, which has killed thousands of people.
“Tourism is a major contributor to the economy of the Philippines, contributing 5.9% to the Philippine GDP in 2011, according to Philippine Department of Tourism, visitor Arrivals Reached the 3-Million Mark in August 2013.”
According to Philippines Tourism Department, visitor Arrivals for the month of August continued to yield optimistic results as it grew by 11.28% from 2,858,348 last year to 3,180,903 this year.
This figure represented 57.83% of the targeted arrivals for 2013. The 3.18 million arrivals marked another milestone as it is the first time that visitor arrivals achieved the three million figure in August.
Last year, the country received the three millionth visitor in September while in 2011, it reached the 3 million arrivals in October. It was noted that the first three million arrivals was recorded in December 2007. Photo Credits: Dan Kitwood/Getty Images