The province of Aklan reached an estimated earning of Php25.067 billion in 2013, according to Aklan Provincial Tourism Officer Roselle Ruiz.
Boracay, the famous island on the northern tip of the province, was identified as a major contributor to this huge revenue, as hinted by Aklan Governor Florencio Miraflores.
In 2013, the world-class destination received more than 1.3 million tourists, a number higher by a hundred thousand than in the previous year. The share of visitors looked about split, with 615,508 arrivals from foreigners, while 748,093 from domestic visitors.
Cruise lines now visiting Boracay
Governor Miraflores forecast that Boracay’s international fame will continue to rise because of the six cruise ships that will visit in the coming years. Bringing rich tourists to see the beauty of the island are MS Columbus, MS Europa1, MS Superstar Gemini, MS Superstar Aquarius, MS Costa Victoria, and MS Europa 2.
Infrastructure upgrades for tourists in Boracay
In addition, several infrastructure projects have been in place in order to improve convenience for visitors, including the installation of security equipment in jetty ports and terminals, rehabilitation of roll-in roll-off ramps, and establishment of check-in system at the ports, among others.
Governor Miraflores added that the provincial government will promote the Lagatik River Cruise in New Washington, Aklan, in order to show the spots in the nearby islands of Pinamuk-an, Kapispisan, and Tinagong Dagat of Batan. Also in line are the improvements to the Kalibo International Airport and the construction of circumferential roads and bridges in Kalibo and the suburbs.