Gov't to limit Boracay tourists to 19,000 daily


Posted at Oct 03 2018 08:57 AM | Updated as of Oct 03 2018 10:22 AM

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MANILA - Only 19,000 tourists will be allowed in Boracay at any given day when the holiday island reopens in late October, an environment official said Wednesday.

Government will also limit daily tourist entrance to 6,405, who are presumed to stay only for 2 nights and 3 days, said Usec. Sherwin Rigor of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources.

Workers must also not exceed 15,000 per day to be able to maintain the 55,000 carrying capacity of Boracay, Rigor told ANC's Headstart.

Hotels will also be limited to at least 6,000 rooms, with 3 people each, he said. The Department of Tourism will draft guidelines for accommodation within the island, he added.

Boracay, which has been closed from tourists for a 6-month rehabilitation, is set for a dry run reopening on Oct. 15 and a full reopening on Oct. 26.

Tourism Secretary Bernadette Romulo-Puyat earlier said there would be no Ibiza-like parties on the island, no alcohol and cigarettes in public and no drugs.

Water activities and other leisure activities on the open beach such as massages, drinking, and eating are also prohibited except if within certain establishment, said Rigor.