Monday, 24 Jan 2022

Stunning Numbers of Visitors Boracay Receives 512K Tourists in First Quarter

On the east coast, strong winds make Bulabog Beach a hub for water sports. Nearby, the observation deck on Mount Luho offers panoramic views over the island. Offshore, coral reefs and shipwrecks are home to diverse marine life.

Due to worsening environmental conditions in Boracay, President Rodrigo Duterte in February 2018 said he planned to close the resort island, which he described as a “cesspool”, on April 26, 2018, instructing Environment and Natural Resources Secretary Roy Cimatu to resolve the issue.


In a cabinet meeting, President Duterte approved the full closure of the island for six months, effective April 26, 2018 to rehabilitate and resolve the environmental issues surrounding Boracay.On May 30, 2018, President Duterte declared that he planned to make the entire Boracay a land reform area and wanted to prioritize first the island’s residents.

In October 26, 2018, Boracay was reopened to the public, while a variety of infrastructures was being built. In April 2019, a variety of national and local news agencies confirmed the existence of numerous newly-established Chinese-owned businesses in Boracay.

For the first quarter of this year wherein the data shows from the Aklan Provincial Tourism Office showed that the island of Boracay received a total of 512,516 tourists from January to March 2019.

Of the total number, 309,591 were foreign tourists; 184,632 were domestic tourists; and 18,293 were Overseas Filipinos.

The more than half a million arrivals generated the island an income of P15,653,110,279.20 in tourism receipts; of which P12,357,816,806.40 came from foreign and overseas Filipino tourists while P3,295,293,472.80 from domestic tourists.




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