Boracay is one of the worst-affected tourist destinations in the Philippines when the COVID-19 pandemic pummeled the country’s tourism industry.
To prevent the spread of the virus, commercial establishments, resorts, and island destinations were forced to close down indefinitely last year until the government got things under control.
This sudden plugging of the sector caused the country to lose out on billions of revenue and thousands of Filipinos were left jobless.
However, the second half of 2021 is painting a different picture for Boracay as vaccination efforts are being ramped up to welcome the expected influx of tourists.
According to Department of Tourism Secretary (DOT) Bernadette Romulo-Puyat, they’re collaborating with the National Task Force Against Covid19 (NTF), the provincial government of Aklan, LGU-Malay, PCCI-Boracay, Boracay Foundation Inc., and the Compliance Association of Boracay to vaccinate all 40,000 residents of Malay.
In a report published in Inquirer Lifestyle, Romulo-Puyat said NTF Deputy Chief Implementer Secretary Vince Dizon has already promised that ‘the supply of vaccines will be uninterrupted.’
Besides this, DOT is also undertaking rehabilitation projects and infrastructure improvements on the island, which were halted when the pandemic started.
The tourism secretary also revealed new attractions in Boracay that they will be launching.
It will include the Boracay Biking Tour, which aims to “showcase the scenic terrain of the island.’ Another is the Boracay Food Crawl that will feature iconic dishes in Boracay.
Last but not least is the Boracay Wellness Workation Program, which aims to “lure work-from-homers, digital nomads, and other flexitimers to spend a longer time—weeks and even months—on the island where they can strike a balance between work and wellness.”
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