Amidst the recent QR code trouble these past few days, Boracay Island saw an increase of tourist arrivals visiting its shores as authorities waived the RT-PCR test requirement last 16th of November.
The Malay Tourism Office recorded a total of 40,474 arrivals from November 1 to 21. It is more than the number of tourist visits for the whole month of October and higher than the highest recorded number of visitors to Boracay since the pandemic, which was 35,108 last July.
After the RT-PCR test requirement was scrapped, in just one week after the 14th of November, 16,119 travelers went to the ever famous Boracay Island.
However, a few days ago, many tourists missed their chance to go to Boracay since the validating team wasn't able to process their QR Codes immediately.
Even the Department of Tourism (DOT) received many complaints regarding disrupted travel plans and missed flights due to travelers not receiving a QR Code, a requirement before going to Boracay.
Although the Department clarified that the issuance of the QR code is outside of their jurisdiction, they called on the local government unit of Malay to simplify their travel requirements.
If this didn't occur, surely the Island would have seen a larger number of tourist arrivals.
Malay town Mayor Frolibar Bautista said the reason for the delay in the processing of QR codes was the lack of workforce and equipment.
Below is the list of the number of visitors who arrived in Boracay per region:
- NCR- 21,575
- CAR- 140
- Ilocos- 181
- Cagayan - 145
- Central Luzon - 3,258
- CALABARZON - 8,005
- MIMAROPA - 88
- Bicol - 137
- Western Visayas - 3,279
- Aklan - 2,827
- Central Visayas - 407
- Eastern Visayas - 44
- Zambaonga - 62
- Northern Mindanao - 139
- Davao - 138
- SOCCSSARGEN - 23
- CARAGA - 16
- BARMM - 10
More female travelers went to visit Boracay Island this time with 20,407 travelers than male tourists with 20,067
The number of kids and senior citizens going to Boracay also increased with 3,416 for ages 0-12 and 1,085 for those who are 60 years old and above. However, still, the majority are aged 13-59, with 35,973.
More visitors traveled by air than land or sea; 33,208 traveled by air, 1,225 by sea, and 6,041 by land.