Tourist arrivals in the island resort of Boracay signicantly increased during the first half of this year.
Caticlan Jetty port administrator Niven Maquirang said just for the period June 1 to 28, tourist arrivals reached 80,999 compared to 68,359 for the same period early last year.
With the development, Maquirang said tourists visiting the island resort has already exceeded the 700,000 mark starting from the month of January up to June this year, up by 41 percent compared for the same period in year 2011.
He said tourists visiting Boracay from January to June 28 this year reached a record-high of 702,995 compared to a record of 498,742 tourists during the first six months of last year.
On the other hand, the number of domestic and Asian tourists for the first half of 2012 has also increased, owing to direct regional flights from South Korea and Taiwan.
The port administrator also noted that despite the cancellation of bookings from China, the record still manifest a big influx of Chinese tourist coming to the island resort with 1,227 arrivals from that country this year.
Maquirang expressed optimism that Boracay will surpass its target of one million tourist arrivals this year.
Meanwhile, port collections at the jetty ports in Caticlan and Cagban reached P10.358 million for June 1 to 28, 2012 compared to P9 million for the same month last year.