Boracay authorities to 'strengthen' info drive for foreign tourists

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Posted at Oct 25 2019 11:34 AM | Updated as of Oct 25 2019 01:12 PM

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MANILA -- Authorities in Boracay are working with translators to ensure that foreign tourists understand local laws to keep the island clean, a tourism official said Friday.

Boracay reopened in October last year following a six-month-long closure for rehabilitation. Last August, a portion of the island was shut for 48 hours after a video of a tourist burying a soiled diaper in the sand went viral.

"We need to strengthen our communications, especially to markets who really appreciate the island," said Tourism Undersecretary Arturo Boncato.

In the first 9 months of 2019, tourism receipts in Boracay reached P45.8 billion, compared to P56 billion in 2017, the last full year of operations before the closure, he said.

Authorities are observing the carrying capacity or limit of people on the island at one time, which was not observed during the closure, he said.

In one day for example, 5,696 tourists arrived on the island while 5,156 left, reflecting a "steady flow coming in and out," he said.

China, Korea and Taiwan lead foreign tourist arrivals in Boracay, with Germany cracking the top 10 for the first time.