MANILA—The Philippines welcomed its 8 millionth foreign tourist this year after a couple from Japan arrived in Manila on Friday, the Department of Tourism (DOT) said in a statement.
The DOT said Yachiyo Imamoto, of Yokohama, arrived in the country with husband Tamio and was personally welcomed by assistant secretary for tourism development Roberto P. Alabado III.
"We are truly thankful to be chosen for this event. This our eighth visit here and we always visit our close friends in the Philippines," said Yachiyo.
DOT chief Bernadette Romulo-Puyat correlated the milestone with "the unprecedented growth of the country’s tourism industry."