BORACAY — The reopening of Boracay, the Philippines’ prime vacation spot, to new market sources alerts the secure and gradual revival of the nation’s tourism trade amid the pandemic, Tourism Secretary Bernadette Romulo-Puyat stated Thursday (Oct. 1).
She stated the island’s reopening “is a crucial first step” to home tourism restoration, offering the momentum for home tourism all around the nation. This, she added, provides the nation’s tourism trade a glimmer of hope, particularly for these relying on tourism to outlive.
“What could be a better way to herald the revival of Philippine tourism than the reopening of the world-renowned Boracay Island?” she stated.
Puyat famous that there have been no reported coronavirus (COVID-19) circumstances on the island and promised authorities assist in guaranteeing that well being and security protocols are in place. She burdened that the protection and well-being of vacationers and residents stay the highest precedence of the Department of Tourism (DOT).
She stated: “The DOT, the Boracay Inter-Agency Task Force (BIATF) with Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Secretary Roy Cimatu and Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) Secretary Eduardo Ano, the province of Aklan and the municipality of Malay have implemented enhanced hygiene and safety protocols in entry points, accommodations and activities. We advise all tourists to be on strict quarantine immediately after the PCR test and until the time of travel to the island. This is to help ensure that they will remain free of COVID-19 before they visit Boracay.”
After accepting guests from Western Visayas in June, the Boracay Inter-Agency Task Force has now allowed guests from different areas below a basic group quarantine (GCQ) classification to enter Boracay.
In a press convention Thursday, Puyat reiterated that whereas the age restriction has been relaxed to permit vacationers under 21 and above 60 years previous, solely these with out underlying medical circumstances and people with unfavorable RT-PCR outcomes shall be allowed to enter the island by the Godofredo P. Ramos Airport in Caticlan. The take a look at must be taken no less than 48 hours earlier than journey to the island.
A confirmed reserving in a DOT-accredited lodging institution, air tickets, and the unfavorable take a look at outcomes must be submitted on-line, by https://aklan.gov.ph, for the approval of the Aklan provincial authorities. Each customer who’s cleared to journey to the island will then be issued a singular private QR code for monitoring.
The tourism chief added that whereas well being and security protocols have been put in place, the success of Boracay reopening will largely depend upon one essential issue: the compliance and cooperation of the island’s friends.
“We urge our visitors to be responsible tourists. Follow the guidelines, respect the rules. We can never be too complacent, even on vacation, we must adhere to the minimum health protocols. Let’s wear our mask when possible,”
Meanwhile, DOT- accredited accommodations will every have a delegated well being and security officer who will name the Boracay COVID Hotline quantity 152 ought to any of the friends exhibit signs of the virus. The information from the QR code system shall be used to establish the shut contacts, ought to a visitor take a look at optimistic for the coronavirus whereas on the island.
The DOT facilitated the turnover of important medical gear to make sure the readiness of the vacation spot in dealing with COVID-related considerations. Among these have been the donations from the Makati Medical Center group, which included coaching for the native medical workers on the Ciriaco S. Tirol Hospital and Boracay Clinic. In addition to this, the Filinvest City Foundation, in partnership with Crimson Hotel Boracay’s RT-PCR machine donations, have been turned over to the Covid-19 Laboratory being accomplished on the Dr. Rafael Tumbokon Memorial Hospital in Kalibo.
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