By: Jun Aguirre
The Aklan provincial government is anticipating at least 48 cruise-ship arrivals this year.
Niven Maquirang, jetty port administrator, said this is the biggest number of port calls for cruise-ships visiting Boracay compared to the past several years. Last year at least 12 cruise ships were expected to visit the island.
“These cruise ships would further boost the tourist arrivals coming this year,” Maquirang said. This year’s target for Boracay is around 2.2 million tourists.
This January at least 10 cruise- ship arrivals are anticipated; February, another 10; March, 10; April, four; June, one; August,one; October,one; November, four; and December,seven; for a total of 48.
In previous years, the Department of Tourism has been developing Boracay as part of the cruise-ship hub in Southeast Asia.