Monday, March 12, 2018
[caption id="attachment_139894" align="aligncenter" width="1000"] Chinese and South Korean tourists dominate the top two spots of Boracay’s foreign tourist market in the first two months of 2018. THE BORACAY MAGAZINE[/caption]
KALIBO, Aklan – Amid closure threats and environmental woes, Boracay Island remains to be one of the go-to destinations of Chinese and South Korean tourists in the first two months of the year.
Records from the Malay Municipal Tourism Office showed that 262,488 foreign tourists visited the island from January to February 2018, 29 percent higher compared to 203,167 in the same period last year.
Chinese tourists remained to dominate Boracay’s foreign tourist market with 120,973 arrivals.
South Koreans came in second with 88,662 arrivals followed by Taiwanese with 5,198 arrivals.
For Februdary alone, foreign tourists posted 136,578 arrivals in Boracay while domestic tourists, 49,209.
Tourists from East Asian countries (Hongkong, Japan, China, South Korea and Taiwan) recorded 216,430 arrivals in the two-month period while their North American counterparts (from countries Mexico, United States and Canada), 7,874.
Tourists from North European countries (Norway, Ireland, Denmark, Sweden, United Kingdom, and Finland), meanwhile, posted 7,624 arrivals.
Western European tourists – from France, Belgium, Austria, Germany, Netherlands, and Switzerland – posted 5,721 arrivals while Southeast Asian tourists – from Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, Myanmar, Laos, Thailand, Vietnam, Brunei, and Cambodia – had 5,218 arrivals. (Aklan Forum Journal/PN)