Boracay tourism shows the indication of economic healing; Iloilo still copes up.
Reports from the municipal tourism office of Malay, Aklan, show a significant rise in tourist visits to Boracay Island by 69%.
Congressman Teodorico Haresco Jr. expressed that the figures for the high tourist influx show an encouraging sign of the recovery of the tourism and economy not only in Boracay but also reflects Boracay’s economic recovery in the Philippines.
As of June, 6,873 tourist visits have been logged, which showed a significant increase in tourist visits compared to May at 4,268 and 4,737 during April. 
Boosting economic recovery, especially in tourist hotspots like Boracay, paves the way for more local jobs in the country, Haresco added.
The challenge of implementing minimum health and safety protocols in regulating COVID cases in the country is still up without compromising the strategies and efforts to promote tourism in the country. Currently, the government aims to improve and continue the economy’s recovery.
Meanwhile, in Iloilo City
, the City Tourism Office (CTO) declares a tourism resurgence after almost two years of low to no tourist arrivals due to the effects of the pandemic. Currently, Iloilo City tags its economic status as “revenge travel”
, with tourism establishments and businesses thriving once again in Iloilo.
Resorts, hotels, restaurants, and other leisure establishments are now boosting up with more sales and tourist bookings.
The CTO also notes that travelers nowadays are more into ‘staycations’, as the province observes more hotel bookings from both local and foreign tourists.
Meetings and conventions have also spurred up, as well as seminars with a large number of participants visiting and staying in Iloilo City.
In line with the economic influx, the CTO is preparing activities and strategizing more events that would attract more travelers to Iloilo City.
Updated Boracay travel requirements announced
Akin to the current influx of Boracay tourists, travel and entry restrictions in Boracay shall be more lenient, as also affirmed by Aklan Governor Jose Enrique Miraflores. With this, the Aklan governor issued an Executive Order lifting the QR code pre-entry Boracay requirements for both returning and residing Aklan residents bound to main Aklan only.
As for tourists bound to Boracay Island, the provincial government shall make a simpler system of the QR code. The governor wants to simplify the QR code system in the area to keep track of Boracay tourists’ entries.
for travelers bound to Boracay must access the QR code through the AkQuire system on www.touristboracay.com, and then comply with the minimum health protocols. Moreover, travelers should also secure their vaccination cards, vax certificate, travel papers and documents with the complete details, hotel booking reservation documents, and their personal data to generate the electronic QR code.
Unvaccinated or partially vaccinated tourists will still need to secure a negative swab test result taken within 72 hours before arriving in Aklan.
As of the first week of July, residents of Aklan can still enter the province even without complying with the digital registration; however, this policy does not apply to foreign tourists bound to Boracay.
Upon arrival in Boracay, COVID tests and quarantine isolation is no longer needed for inbound travelers.