Top News Philippines sees strong inbound traffic since reopening By TTG Asia / Posted on 22 February, 2022 12:42 The Department of Tourism (DoT) has reported 21,974 inbound tourist arrivals through different airports across the country in the first 10 days of reopening. Data from One Health Pass shows a close split between returning Filipinos (10,074) and foreign tourists (11,900) between February 10 and 19. Inbound arrivals over the first 10 days of reopening are a somewhat equal mix of returning Filipinos and foreign tourists Tourism secretary Berna Romulo-Puyat is optimistic that arrival traffic would be even higher in the coming months. “The recent influx of tourists reflect foreign tourists’ enthusiasm towards visiting our country, which in turn will accelerate the revival of our tourism industry,” she said, adding that the DoT expects the trend to sustain. Foreign arrivals are led by the US, with 5,516 travellers, followed by Canada (1,366), the UK (918), Australia (891), South Korea (859), Vietnam (572), Japan (459) and Germany (447). Romulo-Puyat disclosed that Covid-19 vaccine certificates of Egypt, Maldives, Palau, Albania, Estonia, Greece, Malta, and Uruguay shall also be accepted as proofs of vaccination required upon entry to the Philippines. These are in addition to the previously approved 12 countries.