Philippines to close Boracay island to tourists for 6 months

Philippines to close Boracay island to tourists for 6 months

The President recently approved the recommendation of an inter-agency task force to shut down Boracay to tourists for the next six months.

Densing said the projected losses due to the closure are pushing the government to fast-track the island's rehabilitation, even as Tourism Assistant Secretary Frederick Alegre said 6 months may not be enough for Boracay's full recovery.

A survey of the island's sewerage facilities found 85 percent of properties have no discharge permit and were presumed to be draining waste water directly into the sea.

Authorities said on Thursday some businesses were using the island's drainage system to send untreated sewage into its surrounding turquoise waters. Smell of what? Shit....

Cebu Pacific, the dominant domestic carrier, said it cancelled 14 daily round-trip flights to Caticlan and Kalibo, Boracay's two main gateways, from April 26 to Oct 25, while Philippine Airlines said it would scale down services to the airports and add flights to other destinations.

Philippine Airlines said it would reduce flights en route to airports serving as a gateway to the small island, about 315 kilometers (196 miles) south of Manila.

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Many Thai marine parks close for part of the year but the release of the Leonardo DiCaprio movie, "The Beach", in 2000 made picturesque Maya Bay so popular it stayed open year-round. The government will provide "alternative and temporary" livelihood support to the workers who will be affected by the shutdown. Boracay will always be there. "And the closure is necessary to ensure that Boracay will be there for the next generation".

Ramon Ang, president and chief operating officer of San Miguel Corp.

Ang said SMC's proposal to build a toll bridge from Caticlan-to-Boracay will help solve the Island environmental woes and bring about growth to other areas in Aklan.

Boracay, on the northern tip of central Panay island, is a top destination for local and foreign tourists and its sugary white sand, lively night scene and abundant water sports attracted almost 2 million visitors previous year.

Other Thai destinations ruined by mass tourism, Koh Yoong in the Phi Phi island chain and Koh Tachai in the Similan Islands National Park, have been off-limits to tourists permanently since mid-2016.

In closing the island to visitors, Duterte, known for his no-nonsense style, was responding to numerous government inspections following his criticism in February of sanitary conditions on the island.

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