Capping tourist numbers in Boracay not feasible, says Euro chamber official


Posted at Nov 07 2018 10:27 PM

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MANILA - The government's plan to cap the number of tourists going to Boracay to protect its environment is not likely going to work, a resort owner who also heads a European business group said Wednesday. 

The government earlier said it would limit the number of visitors to Boracay to 19,000 per day to maintain the island's carrying capacity. 

However, Guenter Taus, president of the European Chamber of Commerce in the Philippines. said enforcing this measure would be difficult.

"It's not doable in the short, medium and long run because these resorts get booking directly without government involvement," Taus said in an interview with ANC's Market Edge. 

Boracay reopened last Oct. 26, but only 170 hotels have fully complied with the government’s environmental policies according to the Department of Environment and Natural Resources.