By Nikka Garriga
MANILA CITY, METRO MANILA—Some 3.9 million foreign tourists visited the country in the past year, breaking previous tourism records.
The figure showed an increase of 11.28 percent from 2010’s figure set at 3.52 million and it also surpassed the initial target of 3.7 million for foreign arrivals, according to the Department of Tourism (DoT).
Most of the tourists arrived in November and December, with 337,021 and 394,567 arrivals, respectively.
Government has slew of infrastructure projects lined up this year that will have a direct impact on tourism and make the Philippine one of the most vibrant destinations in the world, the Budget and Management Department said Monday.
The Aquino administration’s P182.2 billion worth of infrastructure projects will boost government efforts to lure 4.6 million tourists to the Philippines, the department said.
MANILA, Philippines (9th UPDATE) – A magnitude 6.9 earthquake struck between the islands of Negros and Cebu before noon Monday, killing at least 7 people and prompting government volcanologists to raise a tsunami alert.
Director Renato Solidum of the the Philippine Institute for Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) said the quake struck 5 kilometers northwest of Tayasan, Negros Oriental at 11: 49 a.m. The quake was tectonic in origin, he said.
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