BORACAY – Chinese topped the list of foreign tourists who visited the world-famous island since January 2019, according to the municipal tourism office of Malay, Aklan.
China together with Korea remained as the top two sources of market, recording an 81 percent total of international tourist arrivals from Jan. to October.
The Malay Municipal Tourism Office recorded a total of 389,885 Chinese tourist arrivals from Jan. to Oct. this year.
Korean tourists came in second with 334,201 tourist arrivals.
They were followed by Taiwanese tourists with 28,455 arrivals.
The total foreign tourist arrivals were also comprised of Americans with 1,533; Russians, 1,002; Saudi Arabians, 964; Australians, 763; Britons, 733; Japanese, 617; and Germans with 444.
This year, the number of international visitors is expected to hit the a million mark with the increase in the services of low-cost carriers and sustained travel demand from source markets.
Boracay Island registered 941,868 arrivals last year despite the six-month temporary closure to address environmental and infrastructure problems.
Aside from Chinese and Koreans, the Department of Tourism is also targeting new market sources to attract more tourists in the country. (With a report from Akean Forum/PN)