Boracay now targets 1.5 million tourist arrivals for 2013.
But as early as now, the Department of Tourism (DOT) has a positive outlook that this target will be achieved.
In an interview with DOT Officer-in-Charge Tim Ticar, he said 1.5 million tourist arrivals are not impossible to attain.
More so that Boracay is now open for the cruise ship market, which is now hitting off positively as consecutive notifications of intended visit from cruise liners were received.
This 2013, one of the strategy to promote and or market Boracay is the DOT’s endeavor in the cruise ship industry through different international travel agencies.
Even more so, now that China has lifted its Travel Advisory against the Philippines in relation to the issue in the West Philippine Sea.
With this, they cannot see any reasons to hold back Chinese tourists to visit Boracay and the Philippines.
The Chinese, aside from the Koreans, is the country’s primary tourists.
Ticar added that the 13 Chinese Tourism Executives from Beijing’s visit to the island last January 27, and stayed on for four days, could also be advantageous for Boracay.
Where in the mentioned officials also underwent or had tried the activities that usual tourists would do in Boracay such as Bar Hopping, Island Hopping and many others.