Tourism Revival Game Plan is Locals-only

Provinces that are reopening their tourist attractions are focusing on domestic visitors initially, with Boracay only allowing guests from the immediate region, Tourism Secretary Bernadette Romulo-Puyat said.

She estimated that 50% of tourism establishments in areas under modified general community quarantine can now operate.

The governor of Aklan province and the mayor of Malay, Aklan, have indicated their intention to open the resort island of Boracay only to visitors from the Western Visayas.

Puyat said, “They want to open slowly but surely.”

She added the governors of Palawan and Bohol, which are both under eased quarantine conditions, intend to open their provinces for domestic tourism first as the industry slowly returns to work.

Puyat noted that tourism accounted for 12.7% of gross domestic product in 2018, with 10.8% of that total generated by domestic tourism.

The government is also studying a strategy of “travel bubbles.”

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