East Asians top Boracay foreign tourists list in 2012

Source:Xinhua Published: 2013-1-4 10:13:57

Tourists from East Asian countries tops the list of foreign tourists that visited this resort island in the Central Philippines in the year 2012, statistics released Friday said.

In an official document publicized by the Tourism Extension Office of Aklan Province, to which the island belongs, South Korean tourists continue to be top foreign tourists here.

The statistics revealed that the number of domestic and foreign tourists who visit Boracay in 2012 reached an unprecedented record of 1,206,252. Of this number, 473,286 were foreign tourists arrivals, 690,872 were domestic and the remaining 42,094 were overseas filipino workers (OFW's).

South Korean tourists ranked number one with 156,445 followed by Chinese Taiwan with 92,209. Mainland China were at the third spot with 82,358.

All of the three top foreign tourists arrivals were considered countries from East Asia, and Japanese tourists comes tenth with 7, 327.

Tourists from the United States of America comes fourth with 18, 283; fifth place from Australia with 14,473 tourists; sixth were Russian tourists reaching the records of 13,725.

Anticipating an increase of tourism arrivals coming from China and Russian countries, the provincial tourism set a target of attracting 1.5 million tourists for the year 2013.

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