Boracay tourist arrivals top .3-M, generate P6-B receipts
by Venus G. Villanueva
Kalibo, Aklan (8 June) -- Boracay Island's tourist arrivals as of May this year reached 337,664.
The update, as reported by Aklan Governor Carlito S. Marquez over RGMA DYRU, a local station here, also revealed that the biggest number of visitors who came to the island during the 5-month period from January to May were the domestic tourists, numbering 238,125 while foreign tourists arrivals reached 85,687. On the other hand, Overseas Filipinos who came to the island during the period recorded a total of 14,032.
Compared with last year's record for the same period, the figures this year is slightly higher, registering a growth of 5 percent. Last year, tourist arrivals during the same period reached 320,994.
The visitor arrivals this year for the 5-month period generated a total of P6,207,412,377.60 in tourism receipts.
Visitor arrivals in Boracay were highest during the month of April at 92,813.
Just recently, President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo signed Tourism Act of 2009 which declares tourism as an engine of investment, employment, growth and national development.
The signing of the Tourism Act of 2009 or RA 9593 further bolstered Boracay's position in the country's tourism industry as it was included in the government's list of tourism enterprise zone, along with Iloilo and Cebu in the Visayas, all from Central Philippines.
The Central Philippines, since 2004, had been visited by more than 6 million tourists, generating jobs and earning revenues for the country.
Travel has also been made easy with the development of 13 airports, 7 roads, and 19 RoRo ports in Central Philippines.
According to a study by McKinsey & Co. for the Department of tourism, every additional tourist arrival creates 1.22 new jobs. (PIA) [top]