MANILA, Philippines — The Philippine tourism department reported a 7.89 percent growth in foreign tourist arrivals in the first quarter of 2010.
Renowned for beautiful beaches, spectacular scuba diving and small, intimate and affordable beach bungalow resorts, Puerto Galera, Cebu, Bohol and Boracay continue to attract recession-wary travelers looking for the best available bargains.
Visitors from Korea, Taiwan, China, Japan, Singapore, Hong Kong, Europe, Australia and the United States all increased.
Tourism and Services in the Philippines officials said the Lunar New Year in February was a major factor contributing to the growth in the arrivals.
Another factor was recent civil unrest and violence in Thailand, which experienced a sharp decline in tourist arrivals.
Philippines tourist arrivals from January to the end of March was 2.2 million including domestic and foreign tourists.