As travel restrictions eased and foreign tourists have started to arrive, Boracay Island saw over 26,000 travelers coming to its shores.
Tourists arrivals on the Island are now increasing since the Aklan government removed the RT-PCR test requirement.
Furthermore, the Philippines finally reopened its borders to fully vaccinated international tourists from 157 visa-free countries on Feb. 10.
In the Malay Tourism Office data, from Feb. 1 to 13, a total of 26,691 visited the Island. Last time, the total arrivals from Feb. 1 to 6 was 8,429, which means, after a week, 18,242 tourists went to the white beach, more than half of the tourist arrivals from last week.
Below is the list of the number of visitors who arrived in Boracay per region:
- NCR- 12,199
- CAR- 111
- Ilocos- 174
- Cagayan - 152
- Central Luzon - 2,706
- CALABARZON - 5,819
- MIMAROPA - 121
- Bicol - 124
- Western Visayas - 2,936
- Aklan - 1,362
- Central Visayas - 384
- Eastern Visayas - 123
- Zambaonga - 66
- Northern Mindanao - 143
- Davao - 151
- SOCCSSARGEN - 39
- CARAGA -32
- BARMM - 29
- DOMESTIC TOTAL: 26,671
- Belgium - 1
- Germany - 4
- South Korea - 1
- United Kingdom - 3
- United States - 11
FOREIGN TOTAL: 20
GRAND TOTAL: 26,691
Meanwhile, 13,722 female tourists went to Boracay, while there were 12,969 male travelers.
As for the age groups, ages 13-59 still lead the list with 20,625, while 5,324 tourists are ages 0-12 and 741 travelers age 60 and up.
Most visitors traveled by air than land or sea; 21,965 traveled by air, 828 by sea, and 3,898 by land.
Over 7k foreign tourists visited PH
Tourism Secretary Bernadette Romulo-Puyat was surprised by the number of foreign tourists that went to the Philippines as more than 7,000 international travelers arrived in the country.
“I was quite surprised when we reopened Feb. 10, I thought that only a few would come. But then I was so surprised that a lot came,” Puyat said in an ANC interview on Monday, based on the report of Inquirer.
“If you count the four days—from Thursday to Sunday—we’ve already had about 7,051 tourist arrivals but of course, 45 percent are balikbayans but balikbayans are considered tourists because they have foreign passports,” she added.
According to Puyat, most international tourist arrivals were Americans, Canadians, Australians, and British nationals.
She said some of them wanted to see their family members, and some of the Americans who came wanted to help the victims of typhoon Odette.
With some reports from Inquirer.