The province of Aklan reached an estimated earning of P62.5 billion in 2019, according to the Aklan Provincial Tourism Office.
Boracay, the famous island on the northern tip of the Aklan province, was identified as a major contributor to this huge revenue, despite the island being closed for six months last year.
In 2018, the world-class destination of Aklan received a record number of 7.1 million tourists. Of this number around 1 billion visited Boracay Island.
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.