Boracay nearly hits 1.5-M tourist arrival target

November 24, 2014 11:54 am 

By Azer N. Parrocha

MANILA, Nov 23 (PNA) — The Provincial Tourism Operations Office (PTOO) of Aklan is hoping to meet its target of achieving 1.5-million tourist arrivals in Boracay by the end of this year.

In a statement, Aklan PTOO said that Boracay visitor arrivals reached 1,250,807, just more than 200,000 short of attaining the 1.5 million target this year of tourist visiting the island.

The office, however, remained hopeful that targets will be met as there are still two months before yearend – November and December.

Meanwhile, a total of Php 22,994,085,403.80 in tourism receipts has been generated by Boracay Island for the first ten months of the year.

Boracay generated 579,329 foreign tourists receipts, 637,301 domestic tourists and 36,177 overseas Filipinos who visited the island from January to October of this year.

Last year, the December tourist arrivals reached 111,949, the month after typhoon “Yolanda” ravaged the province, but November tourists were clipped down with only 77,027 visitors.

Of the monthly arrivals last year, only one other month registered less than a hundred thousand – September, which had only 86,404.

For this year’s monthly arrivals too, September listed the lowest, with 81,633.

Based on records of the PTOO, tourist arrivals from 2006 to 2013 registered positive growth – with the highest listed in 2012 with 33 percent, followed by 2010 with 20 percent and 2011 with 17 percent; while the lowest growth rate was listed in 2009 with only two percent.

In 2013, growth rate was listed at 13 percent, while it attained Php 25,067,622,623.40 in tourism receipts with 1,206,252 tourist arrivals. (PNA)

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