2014 travel forecast: more fun in the sun…

Boracay expects 1.5 million visitors in 2014…

Tourism officials in the Philippines are confident that visitor arrivals at the resort island of Boracay will breach the 1.5-million mark this year. Visitor arrivals in Boracay increased to nearly 1.4 million last year, according to data from the Caticlan jetty port, the main gateway to Boracay. Foreign tourists who visited Boracay last year totaled over 615.5 thousand, while domestic tourists numbered 748.0. However, with the onslaught of super typhoon Yolanda several hotels and resorts saw room reservations cancelled by both foreign and local tourists.

At the jetty port of Caticlan, passengers and luggage are loaded aboard a banca (boat) for a short trip across the narrow strait separating the main island of Panay from Boracay.

Regional director of DOT in Western Visayas Helen J. Catalbas, says the arrival of 10 international cruise ships in Boracay between 2014 and 2016 could help attain the tourist arrival target. “We have been promoting Boracay as a cruise ship destination in the past two years and we have made positive gains in terms of arrivals,” she said.

Just last week, two international cruise ships made port calls in Boracay: MS Costa Victoria on Jan. 8 and MS Europa 2 on Jan. 9. The ships brought an estimated 3,000 passengers, mostly Europeans, to the famed resort island. The two ships are scheduled to return on Feb. 8 and 17.

Other cruise ships scheduled to visit Boracay this year are MS Deutschland (March 7), MS Costa Atlantica (March 11), MS Superstar Aquarius (April 1), and MS The World (July 29-30). In 2015 MV Costa Atlantica is expected on March 11, MS Celebrity Century (Feb. 3 and March 17) and MS L’ Anstral (March 14). The MS Celebrity Millennium docks in Boracay on Jan. 25, 2015 and Feb. 5, 2016.


Until next time.

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