Wednesday, 4 April 2018

It's Official: Boracay - Closed!

Following weeks of speculation it has been announced that the Philippines island of Boracay, described as "the jewel in the crown of Philippines tourism", is to be closed to tourists for six months.

The closure has been ordered by Rodrigo Duterte, the Philippines' president, and it is expected to take effect from 26 April onwards.

The massive surge in popularity for the island, in a relatively short period of time, has brought about a strain on its services. During the period of its closure, work will be undertaken by various public bodies on areas such as waste-management, in a concerted effort to improve Boracay's infrastructure.

It is reported that three agencies - the Department of Environment and Natural Resources, the Department of the Interior and Local Government, and the Department of Tourism jointly recommended the shutdown of Boracay, timed to coincide with the "low season".

Alternative destinations within the Philippines that we can recommend include Puerto Galera, Bohol, Cebu, Ilocos, and El Nido

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