International tourist arrivals to the Philippines rose by 9.7% to 4.3 million visitors for the period January-July 2018 compared to its level in the same period last year.

South Korea remained the country's top tourism market with 21.8% share to the total PH tourist arrivals from January to July 2018, with 937,227 visitors. China was second with 764,094 visitors in the country, followed by the US with 649,496, Japan with 366,649 and Australia with 161,077.

The highest number of tourist arrivals in 2017 was recorded in January at 631,639 visitors, while the lowest was in June at 474,854 visitors.

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