White Beach

MANILA, Philippines – With an aggregate score of 89.83, Boracay made a strong debut in Travel and Leisure magazine’s annual list of “World’s Best Islands.” In a recent issue of the travel magazine, Boracay splashed into fourth place on the list, voted by the magazine’s readers and frequent travelers.

“Now that even tiny islands such as Koh Samui are becoming mainstream, Boracay, in the Philippines, may be one of the last little-known Asian beach getaways. The sandy-shored speck is accessible via an hour-long flight from Manila to Caticlan, followed by a 10-minute ferry ride. Go now, before the crowds arrive. Already a growing number of travelers are lured by five-star properties…

As proof of its rising profile, 2011 is the first year Boracay has ranked in the World’s Best Awards,” the magazine noted.

The top three in the category are champion Santorini, Greece; runner-up Bali, Indonesia; and Cape Breton, Canada. Boracay edged out other world-famous islands such as the Great Barrier Reef in Australia (fifth place) and Big Island, Hawaii (seventh place).

The magazine’s readers voted their preferences based on each island’s natural attractions, activities/sights, restaurants/food, people and value.

Other categories include “World’s Best City” awarded to Bangkok and “World’s Best Hotel” going to Singita Grumeti Reserves in Tanzania, among many prestigious honors.

Commendations such as this bode well for the glittering prospects of the tourism business on Boracay, including all Boracay hotels, tour, diving and restaurant operators, in the future as many Boracay resorts becomes even more popular with travelers worldwide via word of mouth and inclusion in world’s best lists by elite travelers. Certainly, tourists have recognized the powdery white sands of Boracay and its rich dive sites, among many other attractions.

Thanks to Philstar.com for this great piece of information.

Source: http://www.philstar.com/Article.aspx?articleId=747066&publicationSubCategoryId=85

Getting to Boracay Island

KALIBO, Aklan, Nov. 30 (PIA) — More foreign tourists arrive in Boracay than domestic visitors.

In his monthly report on the provincial government’s activities and accomplishments for the month aired over a local radio station here, Aklan Governor Carlito S. Marquez relayed that 52.7% of visitor arrivals in Boracay were foreigners, based on the recorded 60,000 total arrivals from November 1-27 of this year.

The biggest number of these foreign visitors, according to Marquez, is composed of Chinese nationals from mainland China, whose number keeps on increasing due to more flights landing directly at Kalibo International Airport (KIA).

“The Chinese nationals also knew no other beach destination except Boracay, thus their big number visiting the island,” Marquez said.

Boracay’s fame among the Chinese, the governor added, was due to the visit to Aklan of China’s Minister of Information in 2004, as well as the visit to China of some legislative officials who brought with them brochures featuring the island.

Website posts about the island, adjudged as one of the best destinations in the world, were also seen as contributing factors to Boracay’s popularity among foreigners.

From January to November 27 of this year, Marquez said a total of 811,652 arrivals had been listed by the province, compared with 713,000 in 2010 for the same period.

Marquez expressed optimism that the 2011 arrivals could reach 900,000 and at the same time becoming bullish on arrivals of both foreign and local visitors hitting the 1,000,000 mark next year.

The governor said the figure cited for the period does not include entries of visitors passing Tabon Point, another alternative entry point to Boracay during the “habagat” season, who were not registered, thus the possibility that there could be more arrivals than what were listed.

The province is also counting on the full implementation of the Unified Ticketing System at the Caticlan Jetty Port and later at the Cagban Jetty in Boracay that would accurately record actual arrivals in the island.

The full implementation of this system, according to the governor, will be a big help in realizing the 1,000,000 tourist arrival target for the island in 2012. (JSC/VGV-PIA 6 Aklan)

by Venus G. Villanueva

Source: http://www.pia.gov.ph/?m=1&t=1&id=66203