A week before its scheduled closure, tourist arrivals in Boracay down by 40%

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  • A week before its scheduled closure, tourist arrivals in Boracay went down
  • Data shows that the total arrivals is 40 percent lower compared with what was recorded in the same period last year
  • Earlier, government agencies and local government units have laid down the groundwork for the Boracay upgrading

A week before its scheduled closure, tourist arrivals in Boracay went down.

In an article posted on GMA News, it was disclosed that data shows that the total arrivals is 40 percent lower compared with what was recorded in the same period last year.

President Rodrigo Duterte earlier ordered the closure of Boracay starting April 26; following the recommendation of the Task Force Save Boracay composed of three government agencies.

Days before the scheduled closure, government agencies and local government units have settled their differences and laid down the groundwork for Boracay upgrading.

Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque, who was present during the Save Boracay Working Conference, expressed confidence that collective efforts can make a difference.

“No man can be an island as far as Boracay is concerned. Looking forward, only together can we do this,” he said during the Department of Tourism’s (DOT) Save Boracay Working Conference at Savoy Hotel Boracay Newcoast.

“We encountered challenges before like the high levels of coliform bacteria and we have overcome it together,” he added.

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