Posted March 18, 2014
Written by Jay-ar M. Arante
Officials of the Department of Tourism (DOT) are confident that their target of 1.5 million tourist arrivals in Boracay will be reached.
The provincial government of Aklan and the DOT were able to record consecutive cruise ship arrivals in the island.
According to DOT Western Visayas Regional Director, Helen J. Catalbas, the ten (10) international cruise ships included in the count of arrivals and forthcoming arrivals in 2014, and 2016 is a big help for the DOT to reach its target.
The DOT had been promoting Boracay as a cruise ship destination in the past two (2) years which has had a positive result.
Meanwhile, the tourist arrivals in 2013 increased by thirteen percent (13percent) in the data of the Caticlan Jetty Port compared to the previews year. There were 1.368 Million tourist arrivals in 2013.
Meanwhile, the Jetty Port recorded more than 21, 888 tourist arrivals in Boracay from March 1 to March 6 in the current year.
Because of the significant current number of arrivals, the DOT is making preparations for the anticipated increase of tourist arrivals in Boracay during summer and in the Holy Week in the month of April.
Translated/Edited by Rodel Abalus