MANILA -- The Department of Tourism said Wednesday it would push for sustainable tourism in Boracay when it reopens later this year, shedding its reputation as a party island.
Boracay was shut for 6 months earlier this year, just days before the May 1 parties dubbed "Laboracay." Resorts that comply with environment regulations will be allowed to resume operations as early as Oct. 26, Tourism Sec. Bernadette Romulo-Puyat said.
"It won’t be like a really party place anymore. We want it to be more as it is, we want it to be more peaceful. We want to promote sustainable tourism," she told ANC's Headstart.
Environment Secretary Roy Cimatu is currently studying the carrying capacity of Boracay, which the government will strictly enforce, said Romulo-Puyat.
Only 5,000 hotel rooms are expected to comply with environmental laws and be available to tourists by October, said Romulo-Puyat. There are enough resorts on the island and there's no reason to add more when tourist entry will be limited, she said.
Officials will also enforce the directive from President Rodrigo Duterte to bar casinos in the holiday island, she said.