Tourist arrivals in Western Visayas dropped significantly in the third quarter of 2018.
From July to September last year, the region, based on partial data released by the Department Tourism (DOT-6), welcomed 67, 949 tourists.
The figure was 94.63 percent lower compared to 1, 264, 188 tourists in the same period in 2017.
The tourism receipts also went down from P28 billion to P1.2 billion.
The DOT-6 attributed the decline to the closure of the world-renowed Boracay Island in Malay, Aklan.
Boracay, the region’s top tourist drawer, was closed to tourists in April last year. After six months of rehabilitation, the island was reopened in October.
Of the tourists who visited the region in the July-Sept. period, 66, 354 were domestic, 1, 529 were foreign, and 66 were overseas Filipino workers (OFWs).
Americans were the top foreign visitors to the region in the third quarter of 2018, followed by Koreans, Chinese, Canadians, and Japanese.
The DOT-6 remained positive that it will hit its target of at least 5.8 million tourist arrivals for 2018. IMT