1M foreigners visited Region 6 in 2017

A total of 1,005,280 foreign tourists visited Western Visayas or Region 6 in 2017, a partial report of the Department of Tourism (DOT) regional office showed.

The province of Aklan topped the list with the most number of foreign tourists at 898,914 due to Boracay, followed by Bacolod City with 69,337.

It also showed that Iloilo City recorded 21,278 foreign visitors; Negros Occidental, 4,681; Antique, 4,072; Guimaras, 2,968; Iloilo province, 2,162; and Capiz, 1,868.

Of the total number, East Asians with over 754,052 recorded arrivals of which Chinese nationals registered the most number at 349,011.

This was followed by South Korea with 342,525 arrivals; Taiwan, 40,253; United States of America, 35,710; and Malaysia with 20,270 arrivals,the record showed.

In 2018, the DOT aims to increase the tourist arrivals to 5.7 million higher by 3.5 percent last year.* (NDB)