Cebu – More and more visitors from South Korea looking for relaxation and recreation are now turning their heads toward Cebu, the “Queen City of the South,” which, according to the Department of Tourism (DOT), may yet also earn the moniker, “Seoul of the Philippines,” with Korean arrivals coming close to one million in 2017.


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DOT-Region 7 Director Shalihmar Hofer Tamano has credited the peace and order situation, improved connectivity and the renowned Filipino hospitality for the Cebu tourism’s boom.

“Like what Secretary Wanda Teo says, more than anything else, it’s the unique and genuine Filipino hospitality and the Cebuano charm that attract Koreans, Japanese and Chinese visitors to the region,” the official said, after a get-together with officials of the Korean Consulate and members of the Korea Travel Agencies Association.

In 2016, Tamano said over 840,000 tourists from South Korea arrived in the region, mostly staying in Cebu’s islands including Bantayan, Mactan, Camotes, Oslob ( famous for its whale shark watching activity) and Malapascua the little Boracay of the South, as well as Cebu City, the Philippines’ cradle of Christianity.

He noted the possibility that Korean arrivals in the province might have reached a million in 2017

A possibility that Cebu would soon be known as Seoul of the Philippines or Korean’s home away from home.

Most of the Koreans that have come and visited the region are staying in Cebu’s islands, including Bantayan, Mactan, Camotes, Oslob and Malapascua and downtown Cebu City.

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