Boracay reached its full capacity for local and foreign tourists in the summer of 2022
On April 26, 2018, the Philippine resort island of Boracay, one of the country’s major tourist destinations, was temporarily closed to tourists as part of the government’s efforts to rehabilitate and redevelop the island.
After taking a break for 6 months, Boracay reopens but it was not until the summer of 2022 that the island slowly regained its status as the busiest and most bustling tourist center in the Philippines.
Naturally, it took months before local tourists began flying back. To everyone’s delight, rehabilitation proved to be one of President Duterte’s best achievements.
What’s new in Boracay?
- Cleaner beaches with no more annoying obstructions.
- Wider main roads and new sidewalks.
- Better drainage to support the ecosystem.
- Color-coded E-trikes instead of gas-powered tricycles.
- Visible and heightened security in the tourist beach belt.
Green streak in Boracay
It seems that every local on the island has caught on to the government’s attitude towards protecting our resources. From resort owners to paraw (native sailboats) skippers buying into Boracay’s newly forged identity as a model for sustainable tourism development.
A new system has been placed to protect not just the eco-system but tourists as well. The local Mayor and governor have implemented stricter measures to ensure no one violates the new and updated environmental codes.
That means no loitering at certain times and places, no littering, and even no smoking. All of these had become possible to the new mindset of Boracay locals and investors. The need for discipline.