AMID GREEN ALGAE CONCERNS Boracay still among top 10 island destinations worldwide

BY: ROEYNA MAY FAMISARAN

Thursday, March 9, 2017

ILOILO City – Some tourists may have been disappointed of Boracay Island’s green algae. But it cannot be denied that the island in Malay, Aklan is still one of the top go-to places in the world.

Boracay was voted into CTrip Top 10 Islands Destination Awards for 2016. Also part of the list are Phuket, Malaysia, Maldives, Tahiti, Mauritius, Guam, Bali, Saipan and Okinawa. 

According to the Department of Foreign Affairs, Vice Consul André Peter C. Estanislao of the Philippine Consulate General in Shanghai received the award during the awarding ceremony at the 7-star Wanda Reign Hotel in Bund, Shanghai.

Data from the Malay Tourism Office revealed that Boracay’s tourist arrivals in the first two months of this year increased from 173,256 in the same period last year to 174,183.

The office also registered 169,843 arrivals in January 2017, recording a 7-percent increase than last year’s 158,701.

Boracay is also expecting more cruise ships this year.

Two luxury ships docked at the island on Feb. 28 – MS Crystal Symphony and Seven Seas Voyager of Regent Seven Seas Cruises.

Felix delos Santos, chief operation officer of Malay, also noted that the annual Laboracay event on May 1 will bring more visitors.

Boracay is also the venue for various international sports events namely Boracay International Beach Volley Competition in April, International Dragon Boat Competition in May, and Boracay International Fun Board Cup in October./PN