Despite the rainy season, the resort island of Boracay in Aklan province continues to attract guests. The Aklan provincial government reported that some 628,243 foreign and domestic tourists arrived on the island in the first eight months of 2011, up by 12 percent from 561,405 visitors recorded in the same period last year. In August alone, some 64,070 tourists visited Boracay, representing an increase of 10 percent from a year ago.
Aklan Governor Carlito S. Marquez said the latest data show there are no longer “low” or “off-peak” seasons in Boracay. “Even if it is raining, visitors still flock to the island,” he said. Aklan reported earnings of PhP13.2 billion in tourism receipts from visitors to Boracay as of August, involving sale of food, beverage, leisure activities and souvenirs.
The Aklan provincial government targets to hit the one-million tourist arrival mark in Boracay next year. In 2010, about 780,000 guests visited the island and contributed PhP14.333 billion in tourism receipts.