This year’s target of 1.5 million tourist arrivals in the island of Boracay will be met, according to Department of Tourism – Boracay.
“Considering the figure of 1.3 million tourist arrivals as of October in the island, I am confident that we will hit our 2015 target,” DOT-Boracay Officer-in-Charge Kris Velete said.
Based on the consolidated report of the Provincial Tourism Office in Aklan, as of October 2015, a total of 1,306,738 tourists visited Boracay, bringing in P36,617,618,968.80 tourism receipts.
Of the total number, 634, 540 were foreign tourists, 35, 518 were overseas Filipinos and 636,680 were domestic tourists.
Foreign and overseas Filipinos spent P25,254,217,996.8 while domestic tourists spent P11,363,400,972.
Meanwhile, Caticlan Port Administrator Niven Maquirang said that three more ships are scheduled to dock in the island, namely Silver Shadow on November 17; Coasta Atlantica on December 26; and MS Europa on December 30.
Silver Shadow will bring 400 passengers and 300 crew, Coasta Atlantica will bring 2,680 passengers and 864 crew, and MS Europa will be carrying 408 passengers and 290 crew.
“The cruise ships arrivals carrying thousands of passengers, other scheduled activities in the island and the continuous promotion of Boracay will definitely help and boost the increase in tourist arrivals,” said Velete.
Furthermore, Velete added that the months of November and December are considered peak seasons in Boracay where more tourists are expected to visit the island.