CCTV.com - CNTV English - CCTV News

Philippines' Boracay to hit 1 million tourist arrivals target in October

10-19-2012 14:19 BJT

BORACAY, Philippines, Oct. 19 (Xinhua) -- Boracay Island in the central Philippine province of Aklan will likely achieve its target of one million tourist arrivals this month, an offical said Friday.

Aklan jetty port administrator Niven Maquirang said that as of Friday morning, tourist arrivals in Boracay Island have already exceeded 970,000.

Maquirang also said that on October 27, the island will welcome 2,500 Asian tourists on board the Caribbean Cruise Ship.

"But with or without the cruise ship arrival, we would still be hitting the one million target in October because of the anticipated semestral break and the holidays," said Maquirang.

October 26 which falls on a Friday has been declared a regular or non-working holiday in the Philippines in observance of the Muslims' Feast of Sacrifice. This is expected to encourage more domestic travelers to go to the island.

Boracay Island is popular among local and foreign tourists due to its powdery white sand and unique beaches. It also attracts sports enthusiasts such as windsurfers and kiteboarders.

In July, Boracay Island's popularity was affirmed when it was named by an international travel magazine as the world's top island destination, beating other top tourist spots such as Santorini in Greece and Bali in Indonesia.

Based on records from the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP), 629,750 passengers, both foreign and local, arrived at the Kalibo airport, which is adjacent to Boracay, in 2011.

 

 

Editor:James |Source: Xinhua

Hot Videos view more

The celebrations are still continuing as the victorious coach, Joachim Loew, has been honored for his achievement in his hometown of Freiburg.
Germany coach Loew honored in hometown of Freiburg

Chinese men´s national team continued its preparations for next year´s Asian Cup, as they managed a one-all draw against visitors Jordan during a football friendly in Harbin, the capital city of Northeast China´s Heilongjiang Province.
China held to 1-1 draw by Jordan

The defending world champs came into the contest with a perfect 6-and-oh record, but they would be in for a tough first half before opening things up in the second.
USA beat Slovenia 119-76 in quarter-finals

Hot Stories more

UK authorities believe killer of James Foley is a British national

Across the UK the hunt is on for James Foley’s killer, who authorities believe is a British national. As Richard Bestic reports from London, Prime Minister David Cameron cut short his summer break to lead his government’s response.

Israeli war jets renews Gaza strike as truce talks stalled

Three Palestinians were killed and 40 others wounded in the intensive Israeli war jets´ airstrikes on the Gaza city on Tuesday night, shortly before an end of a 24-hour ceasefire in the Gaza Strip,

Missouri police arrest dozens after violent night

As the protests in the town of Ferguson, Missouri turned violent with police facing ´heavy gunfire´ from some ´criminal elements´, cops fired tear gas, stun grenades and arrested 31 demonstrators on Monday night.

Picture in news more

More Video News

Choose TV Program