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Aklan expects to hit 1M tourist arrivals soon!

Boracay Island
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The province of Aklan just needs some 85,000 tourist arrivals until December to attain its target of one million Boracay visitors for 2012. The Aklan Provincial Tourism Office’s (APTO) report said visitor arrivals from January to September 24 of this year has already reached 9l5,745.

In his monthly report aired regularly in a local station here, Aklan Governor Carlito Marquez said 54,624 visitors went to Boracay Island from September 1 to 24, composed of 29,821 domestic tourists and 23,621 foreign tourists.

Overseas Filipinos, on the other hand, totaled to 1,182.

Visitor arrivals from September 1 to 24 earned an estimated P970 million in tourism receipts, the governor reported, while the estimated tourism receipts from January to September 24 is P16.8 billion.

APTO records said arrivals in September this year is the lowest, but is still three percent higher than last year for the same period, which only had 52,994.

Meanwhile, collections through the jetty ports in Caticlan and Cagban in Boracay Island from January to September 24 reached P134,703,639.85.

Marquez said collections for this period has already surpassed the collection performance of the whole yeat of 2011, which registered P118,404,245.22. (JCM/VGV-PIA6 Aklan)

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