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Tourism in the Philippines

Tourism in the Philippines is a major economic contributor to the Philippine economy. The Philippines is an archipelagic country composed of 7,107 islands. It offers a rich biodiversity with its tropical rainforests, mountains, beaches, coral reefs, islands, and diverse range of flora and fauna, making it as one of the megadiverse countries in the world. In 2012, the country attracted 4,272,811 visitors.

History
Philippine tourism flourished in the 1970s and early 1980s but declined in the mid 1980s, with the average length of tourist stay falling from 12.6 days in earlier years to 8.9 days in 1988. In 1987, tourism growth was slower in the Philippines than in other Southeast Asian countries. About 1.2 million tourists visited the Philippines in 1992, which was a record high in the number of tourist visits since 1989. In 2000, the Philippines' tourist arrivals totaled 2.2 million. In 2003, it totaled 2,838,000, a growth of almost 29%, and was expected to grow as much as 3.4 million in 2007. In the first quarter of 2007, the tourist arrival in the Philippines grew as much as 20% in same period last year. In 2011, the Department of Tourism recorded 3.9 million tourists visiting the country,11.2 percent higher than the 3.5 million registered in 2010.

Top 25 international visitors
Data from the Department of Tourism.
Rank| Country| 2009| 2010| 2011| 2012|
1|  South Korea| 497,936| 740,622| 925,204| 1,031,155| 2|  United States| 582,537| 600,165| 624,527| 652,626| 3|  Japan| 324,980| 358,744| 375,496| 412,474|
4|  China| 155,019| 187,446| 243,137| 250,883|
5|  Taiwan| 102,274| 142,455| 181,738| 216,511|
6|  Australia| 132,330| 147,469| 170,736| 191,150|
7|  Singapore| 98,305| 121,083| 137,802| 148,215|
8|  Canada| 99,012| 106,345| 117,423| 123,699|
9|  Hong Kong| 122,786| 133,746| 112,106| 118,666|
10|  Malaysia| 68,679| 79,694| 91,752| 114,513|
11|  United Kingdom| 91,009| 96,925| 104,466| 113,282| 12|  Germany| 55,912| 58,725| 61,193| 67,023|
13|  India| 32,817| 34,581| 42,884| 46,395|
14|  Guam| 39,323| 40,928| 41,013| 42,695|
15|  Thailand| 34,212| 36,713| 37,862| 40,987|
16|  Indonesia| 29,188| 31,997| 34,542| 36,627|
17|  France| 24,572| 27,302| 29,591| 33,709|
18|  Saudi Arabia| 19,101| 22,214| 27,945| 30,040|
19|  Russia| 10,674| 14,642| 20,185| 28,270|
20|  Switzerland| 18,711| 21,224| 22,335| 23,557|
21|  Netherlands| 18,586| 19,227| 21,029| 22,195|
22|  Sweden| 13,383| 15,510| 17,973| 21,807|
23|  Vietnam| 13,392| 17,311| 17,781| 20,817|
24|  Norway| 14,781| 16,742| 17,959| 19,572|
25|  Italy| 15,047| 16,350| 15,798| 16,740|
Full list of arrivals by country of residence|

Destinations and Attractions
Cities
Skyline of Cebu City
* Metro Manila is the capital region of the Philippines and a major hub for business, entertainment, arts and culture. The City of Manila is notable for its cultural attractions like the Spanish colonial buildings in Intramuros and Fort Santiago, and the World Heritage Site of San Agustin Church. Makati, the region's financial center, is noted for its cosmopolitan culture. * Cebu City is the Philippines' second city. Popular attractions in Cebu include monuments to Ferdinand Magellan's discovery of the Philippines like the Magellan's Cross and Magellan shrine and other Spanish relics like Fort San Pedro, Basilica of Santo Niño and Colon Street, the oldest street in the Philippines. The Sinulog festival in the city is also a major tourist draw. * Baguio is considered the "Summer Capital of the Philippines" because of its cool weather caused by its high altitude. Burnham Park, Wright Park and Mines View Park are some of its famous landmarks. American-era buildings such as the Baguio Mansion House, Baguio Cathedral and the American Residence...
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