Philippines’ famous Boracay island resort to follow “no hotel, no entry” policy for tourists

Published on : Monday, October 22, 2018

indexSoon reopening post six months rehabilitation work, the world famous Boracay island resort in Philippines will be required to follow strict guidelines including  a “no hotel, no entry” policy, said the Philippine Department of Tourism. This policy will prevent visitors from entering the island if they do not have a legitimate hotel booking, Philippine Tourism Secretary, Bernadette Romulo-Puyat, said in a forum. This step has been taken to maintain the cleanliness of the island.

The relevant central government departments and local governments are imposing a strict “no compliance, no opening” policy, which meant that establishments that failed to comply with environmental laws and requirements on the Boracay island cannot resume business until they do so.

Puyat reiterated that the government will be stern in capping the number of tourist arrivals, enforcing only a total carrying capacity of 19,215 tourists. Only 6,405 visitors will be allowed to enter the island every day.

According to the DOT, out of 455 hotels, only 68 complied, thus, are allowed by the local government in Boracay to operate next Friday, which also means that only 3,519 rooms are available for tourists. This number, however, is expected to increase, if the remaining non-compliant will follow the regulations.

The reason for the new policy was the startling result of the commissioned study of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources, revealing that the island can accommodate only a total of 54,945 people at a time, including about 34,000 local residents, said Puyat.

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