Chinese travelers topped the foreign arrivals in Boracay Island with 99,911 from January to March this year. It grew by 10 percent compared to 90,736 arrivals recorded in the same period last year.
Data from Malay Municipal Tourism Office also showed Korean tourists had 98,782 arrivals for a measly one percent from 97,783 last year while Taiwanese visitors in third with 13,130 arrivals.Boracay tourism officer-in-charge Kristoffer Leo Velete said the “growing warm relations with China and direct regional flights from mainland China to the Philippines particularly to Kalibo airport contributed to the increase Chinese tourist arrivals.”
By regional grouping, East Asian tourists from Hongkong, Taiwan, China, Korea, Japan accounted for 75 percent or 215,049 of foreigners from January to March.
North Americans from United States, Canada and Mexico came in second with 11,395 arrivals or 4 percent followed by Northern European tourists from Sweden, Ireland, Finland, Denmark, Norway, Sweden and United Kingdom with 11,299.
In third, South East Asians visitors from Brunei, Singapore, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Vietnam, Myanmar, Thailand and Cambodia accounted for 9,130 while Western Europeans from Germany, Netherlands, France, Belgium, Luxembourg, Austria and Switzerland had 9,109 arrivals.
Long-haul tourists from Russia and Poland also contributed 7,527 visitors. Other emerging markets in the Middle East posted 5,806 arrivals.
Overall, total foreign arrivals for the first three months posted 284,878 compared to 283,468 last year. Domestic tourists totaled 211,169, up by 11-percent compared to 190,344 for the same period last year.
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