Chinese tourists top Boracay visitors in 2017

For the first time, Chinese tourists have outnumbered Koreans as the top foreign visitors on Boracay Island in 2017.

Data released by the Malay Municipal Tourism Office in Aklan revealed that Chinese tourists who visited the island last year reached a number of 375,284, followed by Koreans with 356,444, and Taiwanese with 40,802.

Other top foreign visitors came from the United States (22,648), Malaysia (20,585), United Kingdom (17,416), Saudi Arabia (15,944), Australia (15,365), Russia (14,074), and Singapore (9,897).

A total of 2,001,974 tourists arrived in 2017, reaching a new record and besting 2016’s tally of 1,725,483. More than half of the visitors are foreigners and 906,939 are Filipinos from other parts of the country.

The growing number of tourists in the well-known island serve as a call to improve and lay down solutions to its problems, including flooding and traffic congestion.

Just recently, Department of Tourism Secretary Wanda Tulfo-Teo and Department of Environment and Natural Resources Secretary Roy Cimatu went to the island to talk to officials and business leaders about plans to address the island’s concerns.