Record-high 1.7M tourists in Boracay in 2016

Boy Ryan B. Zabal
Record-high 1.7M tourists in Boracay in 2016
The number of foreign tourists in the world-famous Philippine island resort surges to 868,765 in 2016, while domestic tourists register 813,302 arrivals

AKLAN, Philippines – A record-high 1.7 million tourists flocked to Boracay Island in 2016, beating the official target for the world-famous Philippine island resort.

The Malay Municipal Tourism Office said Boracay drew 1,725,483  tourist arrivals in 2016 compared to 1,560,106 in 2015 – a 10.6% increase.

Foreign arrivals in Boracay surged to 868,765, up by 12.89% from 2015, while domestic tourists registered 813,302 arrivals, up by 8.7%.

Koreans topped the foreign tourists who visited the famed island resort last year, accounting for 37% of the total number.

There were 321,016 Korean tourists in Boracay in 2016, 9.8% more than the 292,174 arrivals in 2015.

China came in second with 273,297 tourists last year compared to 177,926 in 2015. This is a record 53.6% increase, owing to warmer diplomatic ties between China and the Philippines and direct flights from mainland China to the Kalibo International Airport.

The other inbound markets in the top 10 are the following:

  • Taiwan: 55,736
  • Malaysia: 26,115
  • United States: 23,887
  • Australia: 16,745
  • United Kingdom: 16,318
  • Saudi Arabia: 15,681
  • Russia: 11,593
  • Singapore: 11,155

East Asians from Japan, Korea, Taiwan, China and Hongkong led the regional groupings with 667,110 or 77% of the total foreigners in the island.

Tourists from fellow Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) member-nations Laos, Brunei, Cambodia, Malaysia, Myanmar, Singapore, Thailand, Vietnam and Indonesia accounted for 41,753 arrivals or 4.8% of foreigners in Boracay.

North Americans or tourists from Mexico, Canada and the US also had 31,030 arrivals last year. Tourists from the Middle Eastern countries Saudi Arabia, Israel, Egypt, Bahrain, Kuwait, United Arab Emirates, and Jordan posted 23,089 arrivals. – Rappler.com

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