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Aklan LGU optimistic about reopening of Boracay to int’l tourism

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The Boracay Inter-Agency Task Force (BIATF) has yet to give the go signal for Boracay Island to domestic tourists and foreigners.

The island is currently open to tourists from Western Visayas.

Aklan Governor Florencio Miraflores and Malay Mayor Frolibar Bautista signed a joint resolution No. 2020-01 asking the BIATF to save the travel and tourism industry from heavy losses.

Hotels operators and businesses there have been paying the price if international travel remains shut down to travelers. (https://bit.ly/2Zz5oQ6)

The alliance of private and public sectors for Boracay Island is optimistic the international travel could restart safely with health protocols in accordance with the guidelines formulated by the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases.

The affected stakeholders urged the provincial government to study the travel bubbles or travel corridors between Boracay Island and neighboring countries with low-risk countries or cities to allow the movement of tourists.

In response to stakeholders, local government units, residents, and displaced workers held a dialogue last August 15 supporting the proposal to open Boracay to tourism starting October 1.

Most business groups in the island favored reconnecting the island to South Korea, China or Taiwan which make up almost 85 percent of international visitors to Boracay.

Boracay Foundation Inc., Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Boracay Land Transport Multi-purpose Cooperative, Caticlan Boracay Transport Multi-Purpose Cooperative, Compliant Association of Boracay, and Boracay Watersports Association are for travel bubble to kick start sectors such as tourism, hospitality, and travel.