Despite Boracay’s 6 months closure, the Philippines Department of Tourism has reported that 2018 closed with a 7.68% increase in tourist arrivals.
The 6 months long closure of tropical paradise Boracay, from May to October, seems to have little affect on the overall growth of the country’s tourism.
Boracay was closed down last year for a ‘makeover’, mainly to tackle pollution after the Duterte described the island as a “cesspool.”
Establishments faced stricter fines and laws imposed on them, and now Boracay has have more functioning water treatment systems and public completed.
Tourists must and can only stay in hotels and guesthouses that are registered and have passed an environmental fitness test.