BORACAY, Malay–The famous island resort Boracay recorded its highest tourist arrival this month right after the Boracay Inter-Agency Task Force finally approved the saliva-based RT-PCR test, according to the Chief Tourism Operations Officer Felix Delos Santos.
Based on the data given by the Malay Tourism Office, a total number of 1,506 tourist arrivals were recorded just this March 19, 2021. A tad higher compared to the last two weeks on March 13, which has a number of 967 recorded tourists arrivals.
The top five most tourist arrivals go to the National Capital Region with a total number of 630, followed by Aklan with 108, Cavite with 61, Rizal with 56, lastly from Batangas with 34.
This was followed by Agusan Del Sur with 34, next is from Bulacan with 30, Laguna with 17 same as Iloilo. 12 tourists came from Pampanga, 11 from Negros Oriental, 5 from Tarlac, the same as Pangasinan, and 4, from Baguio City. The Iloilo Province with 3 and one for each for Cotabato City, Benguet, Bataan, Isabela, Camarines Sur, Quezon Province and Agusan Del Norte.
Moreover, this March 2021, a total number of about 15,643 were recorded from March 1-20. Most arrivals came from the National Capital Region with a total of 9,295, where Rizal with 1,172, Cavite with 1,092, Laguna with 672, and Bulacan with 594.
Before the Saliva-based RT PCR test requirement was approved, the island was only averaging 700 tourist arrival per day
Delos Santos is hopeful that the arrivals will double in number now that the Saliva-based RT PCR test is now approved and is a much cheaper alternative compared to the swab-based test.