DOT: Boracay Oct. 1 reopening to Help revive PH domestic tourism

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MANILA – The reopening of Boracay to more markets on October 1 would jumpstart the Philippines’ domestic tourism,

The Department of Tourism (DOT) expects the reopening of Boracay to tourists on October 1 to revive and drive the country’s domestic tourism industry.

Tourism Secretary Bernadette Romulo-Puyat said the reopening of Boracay “signals a gathering momentum for domestic tourism all over the country.” She expressed elation over the accord among the Boracay Interagency Task Force (BIATF), the provincial government of Aklan and the municipality government of Malay town “to put   health and safety as priority concerns as we carefully and safely welcome more guests to the island,”

During a recent meeting with Aklan Gov. Florencio Miraflores, the  BIATF approved the reopening of Boracay to visitors from areas now under general community quarantine (GCQ) in addition to tourists from Western Visayas who have been permitted to enter the island since June 16.

The DOT Secretary assured the resumption of tourism businesses in the resort island would be “calibrated” with several measures in place. She said travelers from GCQ and modified GCQ areas would be subject to the “test before travel” regulation that requires a negative RT-PCR result 48 to 72 hours prior to their visit.

Another key agreement reached advises airlines to use the Godofredo P. Ramos Airport in Caticlan, Malay town as the only airport of entry in moving tourists to the island.

Age restrictions were also relaxed so that travelers below 21 and above 60 years old with no comorbidity will be allowed entry. The DOT said Boracay’s health and safety guidelines will continuously be enhanced.

The DOT said there are about 199 Boracay hotels and resorts with a combined total of 4,416 rooms they have issued certificates of authority to operate.

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