Boracay to reopen for regional tourists

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The provincial government of Aklan is preparing for the reopening of Boracay Island but for tourists within Western Visayas only.

“For the rest of June, we will be preparing for the eventual reopening. By July we will be ready for domestic tourists in Western Visayas,” said Governor Florencio Miraflores.

Miraflores said they were preparing for a “soft opening” and that Tourism Secretary Bernadette Puyat will be checking the island today. (

Puyat had said the reopening of the island will rely on the Boracay Inter-agency Task Force, composed of herself, Secretary Roy Cimatu of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources, and Secretary Eduardo Año of the Department of Interior and Local Government.

The provincial government of Aklan, according to Miraflores, is also in the process of accrediting establishments compliant with Department of Tourism (DOT) guidelines.

So far DOT has accredited hotels with a combined 360 rooms, he said.

“In the next two weeks, we will start inspecting all the hotels that have indicated their intent to open. We will make sure they really are compliant with all the safety requirements,” the governor added.

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