Cap on cruise arrivals starts
The Department of Tourism has started the 2,000-passenger cap for cruise arrivals . Since April, no cruise ships carrying 2,000 passengers are allowed to dock in Boracay. Cruise ships will also be banned during major holidays such as the National Heroes Day, All Saints’ Day, All Soul’s Day.
More resorts allowed to operate
As months pass since the reopening of the island, more establishments are given certification to operate by the Department of Tourism (DOT). The latest advisory from DOT showed that 347 hotels and resorts are now allowed to accept reservations . These compliant accommodations comprise a total of 12,876 rooms. However, these establishments first need to secure clearances and permits from both the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) and the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) before they can operate.
Cashless transaction widens in Boracay
Digital payment method is now starting to gain popularity in Boracay. According to PayMaya Philippines, the digital payments arm of PLDT’s Voyager Innovations Inc, more travelers are choosing cashless transactions . To help boost the tourism industry in Boracay, the company has established a mobile-based cashless ecosystem in the island. With this, guests can already pay using only their mobile phones in hundreds of merchants for food, accommodation, merchandise, and even transportation.