How Many Filipinos Travel in the Philippines?
Four in ten Filipinos visited a place within the country in 2012, according to the National Statistics Office (NSO).
The NSO said based on the 2012 household survey on domestic visitors, some 25.7 million Filipinos who were at least 15 years old travelled to any place within the country from April to September 2012.
Results of the study also showed there were more female travellers (52.2 percent) than their male counterparts (47.8 percent) and most of them were young.
The NSO said of the 25.7 million domestic travellers, 27.9 percent were in the age group 15 to 24 while 25.8 percent were in the age group 25 to 34.
Ninety-eight percent of the total domestic travellers had arranged for their own trips. Those who availed of package tour accounted for only 1.3 percent.
On the average, a domestic traveller had two trips during the past six months. Tourists spent an average of P8,372 for a package tour.
The main purpose of their most recent trip for a larger percentage of the travellers (41 percent) was to visit friends or relatives or attend family gatherings.
Other commonly cited purposes were for pleasure or vacation with 36.7 percent.
The survey also said 11.4 million households received domestic visitors in the six-month period. More than half (55.3 percent) of these households received day visitors only, while 19.1 percent had overnight visitors.
Six in every ten domestic travellers did not stay overnight in the places visited during their most recent trip . Those who stayed overnight accounted for only 39.7 percent and majority of them spent one to three nights in the places visited during their most recent trip. Most of these travellers stayed in the house of relatives or friends (73.4 percent).
Those who paid for a package tour and whose main purpose of travel was for pleasure or vacation reported an average expenditure of PhP11,870.
"Aside from the package tour cost, a large proportion of the package tour travellers spent additional expenses on ‘shopping’ and food and beverage," it said.
The most frequently visited place was the National Capital Region with 1.5 million visitors or 15.7 percent of the total.