We have heard this before from Middle East travel consultants who have been observing a growing interest and demand for holiday plans for Boracay in Philippines. The facts are out now confirming that the island retreat is indeed amidst a windfall in tourism fortunes. The Philippine Department of Tourism (PDOT) announced an increase of 10 per cent of tourist arrivals in Boracay for the first month of 2018.
Boracay received a total of 186,893 tourists from January 1 to 31 of this year; 17,050 higher than those the island welcomed in January 2017. The Philippines has seen the consistent growth in tourist arrivals from the Middle East. In 2017, the Philippines received a total of 89,932 tourists from the region. Tourist arrivals from Saudi Arabia and UAE, the two largest markets out of the region for the Philippines, reached 54,716 and 16,399 respectively.
The PDOT aims to achieve 100,000 tourists from the Middle East by the end of 2018 and proactively developing strategic partnerships with key stakeholders in the Middle East to capture a sizeable percentage of its high-yield tourist market.
In the first month of 2018, the top 10 foreign visitors include nationals from USA with 2,567 arrivals; Russia 2,360; Australia 2,107; Taiwan 1,915; United Kingdom 1,820; Malaysia 1,385; Saudi Arabia 1,351; and Canada 1,205.
The Department of Tourism-Boracay said that the island is targeting 17 international cruise ship calls in the first six months of the year that could bring in a total of 58,000 tourists to the resort island.
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