‘Gov’t to sustain rehab efforts in Boracay’

first_imgBoncato, who handles the agency’stourism regulation, coordination and resource generation, said Boracay’stourism receipts posted P45.8 billion in the first nine months this year. Over380 accommodation establishments with 14,111 rooms were accredited by the taskforce. “We are looking into several areas,primarily in enforcing the existing laws and regulations all over the island.We have a steady decrease in the number of violators since the opening lastOctober,” he said. “We have an average of 5,696 touristsarriving a day. It is a steady flow in the number of tourists coming in Boracaysince the reopening. The arrivals are driven primarily by foreign tourists fromAsian markets – China and Korea. We hope the establishments will take advantageof the busy season in the last quarter,” added Boncato.(With a report from Akean Forum/PN) He added the Department of Tourism(DOT) is coordinating with tour officials in producing information materialswritten in different languages to spread the regulations of the island to localand international tourists. “We have to strengthen thecommunication for foreign markets for them to understand why we have toimplement the efforts to protect and preserve Boracay Island,” Boncato said. The island also reclaimed its title asthe Best Island in Asia for 2019 by the Conde Nast Traveller magazine a yearafter it was temporarily closed for rehabilitation. Boncato added the task force inBoracay is on its way of fulfilling its commitment in the rehabilitation periodas the Department of Public Works and Highway’s road constructions in theisland will be completed before May next year.  The DOT was recently recognized by theprestigious Japan Tourism Award for its “socially advanced initiatives” in therehabilitation of the island by pursuing a cohesive effort to implement itsphysical, environmental and social recovery.  MALAY, Aklan – Tourism undersecretaryArturo Boncato Jr. said authorities will continue to sustain the government’srehabilitation efforts in Boracay Island here.last_img read more