It seems people can’t get enough of Boracay as tourist arrivals continue to rise.
In October 2012, Boracay Island welcomed its 1 millionth visitor for the year, earlier than expected, according to the report of the Boracay Informer. The author, Yuki Mao is a Korean national who visited the island with her husband and family. The previous year’s total of around 900,000 visitors already surpassed the previous year’s total figures.
As of December, Aklan Governor Carlito S. Marquez revealed that about 1.1 million visitors had already arrived on the island. This is another record breaker as they had expected to reach this number in 2013.
In addition to the news about the number of visitor arrivals in Boracay, there is also a report by the Aklan Provincial Tourism Office that the generated income of the island from its visitors already reached over P15 billion from January to September of 2012.
Other data also reveal that about P17,549,585.58 million worth of income was generated by the Philippine Ports Authority and the Caticlan and Cagban Jetty ports for the month of November in 2012. Compared to the same period in 2011, the collection only reached P10,835,954.90.
Councilor Jonathan Cabrera also noted in his interview with GMA News Online that of the tourists that come to the Philippines, about one-third of them proceed to Boracay and makeup part of the Boracay tourist arrivals.
“Almost one-third of tourists Yung destination is Boracay since 3 to 4 million and national figure and Boracay has hit the 1 million mark. Of these visitors, pinakamarami are Korean nationals,” Cabrera revealed.
It may also be recalled that last year, the MS Legend of the Seas which is a cruise ship of the Royal Caribbean came and docked near the shores of Boracay and adding to the number of visitor arrivals in Bali.