Boracay Island continues to meet expectations on target tourist arrivals, with the first four months of 2014 registering 9.2 percent more tourists than in the same period in 2013.
Records from the Aklan Provincial Government Tourism Office showed that 567,547 tourists visited the famous island from January to April this year, overtaking last year’s 519,462 by 48,085.
According to Tim Ticar, officer-in-charge of the tourism department in Boracay, tourist arrivals are expected to rise in the coming months, partly due to the lifting of the travel ban from Hong Kong and the arrival of several cruise ships from European countries.
Ticar mentioned that the constant flow of visitors from top markets such as China, Taiwan, Korea, Russia, and the United States is expected to help the department reach the target of 1.5 million tourist arrivals for this year.
With tourists from emerging markets like Australia, Hong Kong, Canada, Saudi Arabia, Germany, and Sweden adding to the numbers, Ticar added that the DOT – Boracay remains optimistic about not only hitting the target visitor numbers but also contributing around Php30 billion to the country’s tourism revenue.