Wooden boat phaseout pushed
The traditional wooden motorized banca or boat used to travel to Boracay will eventually be phased-out . It is due to a memorandum from Maritime Industry Authority (MARINA) pushing for the phaseout of wooden boats not only in the island but all over the Philippines. In preparation for this, the Caticlan-Boracay Transport Multi-Purpose Cooperative (CBTMPC) has already started acquiring units of fiberglass boats to replace the wooden ones. Recently, the CBTPC has also increased the boat fare to and from Boracay. From PhP25, it is now PhP30 during day trips. The fare increase was implemented to raise enough funds to acquire more fiberglass boats.
Boracay is back as best island
Boracay is back on top after an international travel magazine once again recognized it as the best island in Asia . The recognition came from the Conde Nast Traveler in its 2019 Readers’ Choice Awards. Aside from Boracay, Cebu and Palawan were also included in the top five. The island was recognized for its powder-white sand while its shallow azure water was also cited as best for swimming. The recognition almost coincides with the first year of the island since it was reopened to tourists.
More foreign visitors flock to the island
The number of foreign visitors in the Philippines has already reached more than five million according to the Department of Tourism (DoT) . Part of this milestone is accredited to the reopening of Boracay. The highest number of visitors came from South Korea, which is also one of the biggest markets of the island. Aside from Korea, the number of Chinese tourists visiting Boracay is also spiking due to the increased number of flights to Kalibo.
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