Wednesday, 4 April 2018

Boracay Island, Philippines, is Open Again for Business!

UPDATE: Boracay island is once again "Open for Business"!

Boracay, described as "the jewel in the crown of Philippines tourism", was closed to tourists for a period of six months in 2018.

The closure was ordered by Rodrigo Duterte, the Philippines' president, and it took effect from 26 April 2018, for a period of 6 months.

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

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, which was timed to coincide with the "low season".

During the shut-down, alternative destinations within the Philippines gained popularity, including Puerto Galera, Bohol, Cebu, Ilocos, and El Nido

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