More tourists go to Boracay
Visitor arrivals in Boracay Island rose 16.2 percent year-on-year in the first four months of 2010, as the resort island in Aklan continued to attract attention from foreign visitors. The Western Visayas office of the Department of Tourism (DoT) said tourist arrivals reached 291,443 as of April 2010, generating about PhP5.3 billion in tourism revenues.
Korean and Chinese nationals topped the list of foreign tourist arrivals in Boracay Island in the first four months of 2010, according to a report by the Philippine News Agency (PNA). Data shows that there were 29,379 Korean nationals who visited the island resort in the four-month period. DOT regional director Edwin Trompeta said Koreans are visiting Boracay in droves, mostly in scheduled tours especially by language schools that operate in Iloilo City and other places in the region.
Some 14,382 tourists from mainland China flew directly from Beijing to Kalibo through the international airport in Kalibo, Aklan. Of the number, at least 3,210 Chinese were recorded to have visited Boracay in April.
Aside from Koreans and Chinese, some 13,889 Europeans visited the island, including Germans, British, Swedish and French.