By Philippine News Agency
Tourism arrivals in this world-famous island hit a 27-percent increase for this year’s Holy Week period.
Data from Aklan Jetty Port Administration showed that 62,215 foreign and local tourists visited Boracay from April 9 to 16.
It is higher by 13,189 visitors compared to last year’s Holy Week period on March 25 to 31.
Of this year’s data, 22,461 are foreign tourists; 38,782 are locals while 972 are overseas Filipino workers.
Chief Operating Officer Felix delos Santos of Malay Municipal Tourism Office said the increase in the number of tourists during the Lenten season is an indication that Boracay remains a favorite destination for foreign and local tourists.
After Holy Week, Delos Santos said the island is now preparing for the expected influx of tourists during the Labor Day celebration dubbed as Laboracay.
Series of week-long events are expected during the celebration which will culminate on May 1.
Meanwhile, Boracay Tourist Assistance Center (BTAC) remains on full alert status.
Senior Inspector Jose Mark Anthony Gesulga, deputy chief of BTAC said 184 police personnel are deployed to secure in this tourist island.
For the upcoming Laboracay, Boracay police will have an additional deployment to ensure safety and order during the festivities. (PNA)