DOT mulls limiting tourist volume in select destinations

The Department of Tourism may limit the number of people going to certain destinations in the new normal to ensure the health and safety of tourists, and allow natural attractions to regenerate.

Tourism Undersecretary Benito Bengzon Jr. said the DOT picked up lessons from the closure of Boracay for six months to rehabilitate it.

He said the DOT now puts premium not just on marketing tourist destinations, but also on managing them to make sure environmental assets recover from overcrowding.

Asked what the DOT plans to do in the new normal, Bengzon said the agency may put a cap on the number of people that can go to certain destinations at a time.

He said the Boracay outcome proves the necessity to control tourist volumes, especially in island attractions.

He added the Philippines is poised to lead the world in providing the kind of recreation that tourists prefer when local outbreaks are contained and travel restrictions are lifted.

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