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This June, around 20,000 visitors will visit Boracay

Tourists are flocking to the Malay island of Boracay.

Malay chief tourist operations officer Felix Delos Santos Jr. said in an interview on Friday that from June 1 to June 24, 2021, they registered 20,058 arrivals via Caticlan as the port of entry.

He claimed that the opening of the National Capital Region (NCR) Plus (Metro Manila, Bulacan, Cavite, Laguna, and Rizal) to tourists had increased the number of visitors to the island, which had just 1,737 in the previous month.

He went on to say, “Hopefully it will be maintained.”

NCR accounted for 12,761 of the total arrivals, according to the Malay Tourism Office. Cavite had 1,363 people, Laguna had 1,015, Bulacan had 759, Pampanga had 382 and Nueva Ecija had 163.

The visitors from Mindanao and other areas of Luzon and Visayas made up the remainder of the group.

The 13-59 age group accounted for 17,750 of the total arrivals, while the 0-12 age group accounted for 1,897. Tourists aged 60 and above accounted for 411 people.

There were 10,084 females and 9,974 men in the population.

The negative reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) test taken 72 hours before travel, confirmed booking with a hotel accredited by the Department of Tourism (DOT), itinerary or flight details, identification card, QR code, and registration with the S-PaSS (Safe, Swift, and Smart Passage) S-PaSS S-PaSS S-PaSS S-PaSS S-PaSS S-PaSS S-PaSS S-PaSS S-PaSS

β€œWhen it comes to health and safety protocols, we are quite strict,” he added.

Since the island reopened to visitors from the NCR Plus early this month, he said, they have not documented any new violations save for the 11 people who attempted to access the island with false papers.

β€œAs always, we encourage our tourists to keep coming to Boracay because you can help us restore our economy in some way,” he added.

From June 1 to 15, the national Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF- EID) permitted people to travel in and out of NCR Plus, which was extended until June 30.

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