Tourist arrivals in Boracay continue to rise

August 7, 2012 1:02 am 

ILOILO CITY, Aug. 06 – Tourist arrivals in the world-famous island resort of Boracay continue to rise with some 780,000 tourists recorded to have passed through the Caticlan Jetty Port from January to July this year, the port administrator reported over the weekend.

Nieven Maquirang said the figure was only 32 percent short of the 1 million tourists arrival targeted for the island resort in 2012.

With an average of 1,000 up to 1,500 tourists visiting Boracay Island daily, the 1 million target of tourist arrivals in the island resort could be easily realized, especially when the erratic weather condition becomes stable, Maquirang explained.

He also announced that a Caribbean Cruise ship which is scheduled to visit Boracay Island in October, will push through with its visit.

Security preparations have already been made in coordination with various government offices to ensure the safety of some 2,500 foreign tourists on board the cruise ship, he said.

He added that coordinations were constantly made among concerned officials of the Philippine Tourism Authority (PTA), Department of Tourism (DOT), Maritime Industry Authority (MARINA), Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines, the local government unit of Malay, Philippine National Police (PNP) and other stakeholders to make the island tourist-friendly.

He added that two international cruise liners are also expected to visit the island in February and March next year, another boost to the local tourism industry.(PNA)

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