ILOILO CITY, Jan. 3 –Two cruise ships are scheduled to arrive bringing nearly 3,000 tourists to Western Visayas flagship tourism destination Boracay island in Aklan province.
Department of Tourism Regional Director Helen Catalbas, in an interview Friday, said on January 8 a European vessel MV Costa Victoria will arrive in Boracay island with 2,394 tourists on board. The tourists will spend about eight hours at the white sand beach to swim, wind surf, do island hopping and shop at the souvenir stores in Boracay island.
Likewise, there would be the MS Europa II that has 600 high-end tourists to come to Boracay.
Catalbas said that these vessels would have their maiden voyage to the Philippines with Manila as their first destination and then to Boracay.
The arrival of the cruise ships is already the result of the promotion of the island as a cruise ship destination.
“We expect 12 to 15 cruise ships to arrive in Boracay this 2014,” the DOT official contended. She said that the DOT in close coordination with the Aklan provincial government is preparing to welcome the tourists. (PNA)