Tourism in the Philippines

Tourism in the Philippines

the Philippines recorded a total of 7 million tourists in 2018, ranking 50th in the world in absolute terms.

The fact that larger countries regularly perform better in a comparison of the absolute number of guests is obvious. By putting the tourist numbers in relation to the population of the Philippines, the result is much more comparable picture: With 0.066 tourists per resident, the Philippines ranked 154th in the world. In Southeast Asia, it ranked 8th.

The Philippines generated around 9.73 billion US Dollar in the tourism sector alone. This corresponds to 2.6 percent of its the gross domestic product and approximately 6 percent of all international tourism receipts in Southeast Asia.

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The most popular city in the Philippines for international travelers is Cebu City. In 2018 it reached the 77th place of the world's most popular cities with 2.81 million tourists.

On average, each of the tourists arriving in 2018 spent about 1,213 US Dollars.

Development of the tourism sector in the Philippines from 1995 to 2018

The following chart shows the number of tourist arrivals registered in the Philippines each year. Anyone who spends at least one night in the country but does not live there for more than 12 months is considered a tourist. Insofar as the survey included the purpose of the trip, business trips and other non-tourism travel purposes have already been excluded. The number of people passing through within the same day, and e.g. crew members of ships or flights are also not considered as tourists in most countries. If the same person travels in and out more than once within the same year, each visit counts again.

Data in the chart are given in millions of tourists. The red line represents the average of all 11 countries in Southeast Asia.

Tourists per year in the Philippines

Revenues in tourism

In 1995, tourism revenues amounted to 1.14 billion USD, or about 1.5 percent of the gross national product. This corresponded to about 1.76 million tourists at that time and roughly 648 USD per person. Within 23 years, the country's dependence on tourism has increased noticeably. In the last year of the survey, the revenue now amounts to 9.73 billion USD, accounting for 2.8 percent of the gross national product. Each visitor now spends an average of 1,357 USD for his holiday in the Philippines.

Tourism receipts in the Philippines per year

All data for the Philippines in detail

YearNumber of touristsReceipts% of GNPReceipts per tourist
19951.76 m1.14 bn $1.5 %648 $
19962.05 m1.55 bn $1.9 %757 $
19972.22 m2.35 bn $2.9 %1,056 $
19982.15 m1.43 bn $2.0 %666 $
19992.17 m2.65 bn $3.2 %1,222 $
20001.99 m2.33 bn $2.9 %1,172 $
20011.80 m2.01 bn $2.6 %1,119 $
20021.93 m2.02 bn $2.5 %1,044 $
20031.91 m1.82 bn $2.2 %955 $
20042.29 m2.39 bn $2.6 %1,043 $
20052.62 m2.86 bn $2.8 %1,091 $
20062.84 m4.05 bn $3.3 %1,425 $
20073.09 m5.52 bn $3.7 %1,786 $
20083.14 m3.29 bn $1.9 %1,049 $
20093.02 m2.92 bn $1.7 %967 $
20103.52 m3.44 bn $1.7 %978 $
20113.92 m4.05 bn $1.7 %1,035 $
20124.27 m4.96 bn $1.9 %1,161 $
20134.68 m5.60 bn $2.0 %1,196 $
20144.83 m6.06 bn $2.0 %1,254 $
20155.36 m6.41 bn $2.1 %1,196 $
20165.97 m6.29 bn $2.0 %1,054 $
20176.62 m8.35 bn $2.5 %1,261 $
20187.17 m9.73 bn $2.8 %1,357 $


All data correspond to the information of the World Tourism Organization.

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