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This Week in Boracay (January 26 to February 2, 2019)

New directs flights to Boracay from China expected to boost tourism.

By: Karen Bermejo | January 26, 2019

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Tourists in Boracay are treated to a different kind of sunset each day.

Image courtesy of Karen Bermejo


Ati-atihan week may be over but the action in Boracay continues. This week, more hotels will be available for island visitors. The party sunny and windy weather is also perfect for an adventure-filled week on the island.


Weather: Partly sunny and windy week


It will be partly sunny and windy throughout the week in Boracay. Still, it’s a pleasant day to do some water sports activities and check the island’s beaches. The temperature this week will range from 25 °C up to 28 °C so it’s less hot than the previous weeks [1]. The windy weather will be favorable for adventure sports, like kiteboarding and kitesurfing. Kite lessons are offered mostly by establishments in Bulabog.


Travel Updates


New direct flights to and from China and Macau

More tourists from China can be expected this year as airline company AirAsia Philippines opens its new direct flights from Kalibo International Airport [2]. Direct flights from Kalibo to Kunming and Chengdu province in China have started on January 24 and 25, respectively. The Kalibo-Chengdu route will be available four times weekly while the Kalibo-Kunming will be offered three times weekly. Starting March 2, direct flights from Kalibo to Macau will also start with three flights weekly. The new international routes are expected to once again boost Boracay tourism. Last year, China had the most number of visitors to Boracay, followed by South Korea.




More compliant businesses

The number of compliant hotels and resorts in Boracay has climbed to 307 already as of January 15 [3]. The accredited accommodation establishments comprise a total of 10,982 rooms ready to host tourists from all over the world. Only those who have bookings with establishments on the compliant list are allowed to enter the island.


Closure impact on Boracay tourism

Latest data from the Department of Tourism (DOT) in Western Visayas showed a huge impact of the closure to the island’s tourism arrivals [4]. It showed that from more than 2 million in 2017, it dropped to 941,868 tourist arrivals in 2018. To note, the island was closed for six months from April 26 to October 25 to give way for its rehabilitation. With the closure, tourism revenue also decreased to P28 billion in 2018 from P56.4 billion in 2017.


Bulabog Beach eyed to open for swimming

In media interviews, Environment Secretary Roy Cimatu said that the agency is now eyeing to open Bulabog Beach for swimming [5]. Bulabog Beach used to have a high coliform level, bu is now within standards according to Cimatu. The beach is more known among water sports enthusiasts, particularly among kiteboarders and kitesurfers.




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References:
[1] https://bit.ly/2T5AR7y
[2] https://bit.ly/2Uf9Kag
[3] https://bit.ly/2Uf9Kag
[4] https://bit.ly/2RP1d0P
[5] https://bit.ly/2RP19y7

Boracay, travel, things to do, Boracay flight

Tourists in Boracay are treated to a different kind of sunset each day.

Image courtesy of Karen Bermejo

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Ati-atihan week may be over but the action in Boracay continues. This week, more hotels will be available for island visitors. The party sunny and windy weather is also perfect for an adventure-filled week on the island.


Weather: Partly sunny and windy week


It will be partly sunny and windy throughout the week in Boracay. Still, it’s a pleasant day to do some water sports activities and check the island’s beaches. The temperature this week will range from 25 °C up to 28 °C so it’s less hot than the previous weeks [1]. The windy weather will be favorable for adventure sports, like kiteboarding and kitesurfing. Kite lessons are offered mostly by establishments in Bulabog.


Travel Updates


New direct flights to and from China and Macau

More tourists from China can be expected this year as airline company AirAsia Philippines opens its new direct flights from Kalibo International Airport [2]. Direct flights from Kalibo to Kunming and Chengdu province in China have started on January 24 and 25, respectively. The Kalibo-Chengdu route will be available four times weekly while the Kalibo-Kunming will be offered three times weekly. Starting March 2, direct flights from Kalibo to Macau will also start with three flights weekly. The new international routes are expected to once again boost Boracay tourism. Last year, China had the most number of visitors to Boracay, followed by South Korea.




More compliant businesses

The number of compliant hotels and resorts in Boracay has climbed to 307 already as of January 15 [3]. The accredited accommodation establishments comprise a total of 10,982 rooms ready to host tourists from all over the world. Only those who have bookings with establishments on the compliant list are allowed to enter the island.


Closure impact on Boracay tourism

Latest data from the Department of Tourism (DOT) in Western Visayas showed a huge impact of the closure to the island’s tourism arrivals [4]. It showed that from more than 2 million in 2017, it dropped to 941,868 tourist arrivals in 2018. To note, the island was closed for six months from April 26 to October 25 to give way for its rehabilitation. With the closure, tourism revenue also decreased to P28 billion in 2018 from P56.4 billion in 2017.


Bulabog Beach eyed to open for swimming

In media interviews, Environment Secretary Roy Cimatu said that the agency is now eyeing to open Bulabog Beach for swimming [5]. Bulabog Beach used to have a high coliform level, bu is now within standards according to Cimatu. The beach is more known among water sports enthusiasts, particularly among kiteboarders and kitesurfers.




Visit Yoorekka for more news and trends about Boracay.



References:
[1] https://bit.ly/2T5AR7y
[2] https://bit.ly/2Uf9Kag
[3] https://bit.ly/2Uf9Kag
[4] https://bit.ly/2RP1d0P
[5] https://bit.ly/2RP19y7

author

Karen writes to earn a living, tell stories and promote her advocacies. She’s a traveler and a volunteer. Her adventurous soul makes her more comfortable to sleep on the couch of a stranger than pay bucks for accommodation. Her ultimate dream is to travel the world, master a foreign language and learn how to swim. To keep her sanity while chasing her dreams, she chases waterfalls on weekends.

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