Almost 1 million tourists
KALIBO, Aklan – Tourism in the island of Boracay remains at its peak as
it continues to receive more tourists in the first five months of this year,
hitting to almost one million.
Data from the Economic Enterprise Development Department, a Provincial
Tourism Extension Office in Caticlan, showed that from January to May 2017,
tourist arrivals in Boracay reached 947,459.
The figure showed a 12.48 percent increase in tourist arrivals as compared
to last year of the same period, where the island welcomed 842,330 visitors.
Foreign tourists that visited the island from January to May this year
listed at 430,785; while local or domestic tourists were 493,159; and the
Overseas Filipino Workers were 23,515.
The month of April was recorded with the most number of tourists received
with 233,233; followed by May with 202,755; February with 174,183; January
169,843; and March with 167,445.
Meanwhile, Aklan Jetty Port Administrator Niven Maquirang recently lobbied
with the Aklan Sangguniang Panlalawigan for a new port in Boracay to
accommodate the increasing number of tourists, as well as to ensure safety
and security in the island.
According to Maquirang, the proposed Yapak Port will help decongest
passenger traffic at Cagban port in Barangay Manocmanoc, which is the main
entry and exit port of the island. (JCM/SQP/PIA Aklan)