Bacolod City ranked second to Boracay in terms of foreign tourist arrivals in Western Visayas in 2017, records of the Department of Tourism Region Vl show.
Aklan City where Boracay Island is located had 898,914 foreign tourist arrivals in 2017, while Bacolod City had 69,337.
Bacolod Tourism Officer Elma Gerasmo yesterday said the domestic tourist arrivals in Bacolod City from January to November 2016 was 470,799 and foreign tourist arrivals was 44,582 including 716 overseas Filipinos and 176 non-residents or a total of 516,272.
In 2017, there were 692,513 domestic tourist arrivals and 69,337 foreign tourist arrivals in Bacolod City, or a total of 761,850 covering the same period, she said.
Gerasmo said American nationals topped the list of foreign tourists in 2017 with a total of 10,605, followed by Korea 8,273; Japan 5,976; Australia 4,393; China 3,949; Russia -3,671; United Kingdom 2,174; Canada 2,137; India 2,010; and Germany 1,883.
Americans, Koreans, Japanese, Australians and Chinese are also the top five tourists in Bacolod in 2016, she said.
Meanwhile, Iloilo City ranked third in terms of foreign tourist arrivals with 21,278, followed by Negros Occidental with 4,681.
The Antique had 4,072 foreign tourist arrivals, Guimaras - 2,968 and Panay Island - 2,162.
Western Visayas recorded a total of 1,005,280 foreign tourist arrivals in 2017.*CGS
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