Boracay Island will get world-recognized ‘protected shuttle’ stamp



SAFE HERE. Boracay will get a World Travel and Tourism Council Safe Travels Stamp for locations, officially awarded through the DOT on Wednesday (July 8, 2021). The hotel island is understood for its lengthy stretch of white sand seashore. (Photo through DOT Philippines/Denison Manuel)

MANILA – Boracay Island simply become one of the vital two Philippine locations to obtain the World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC) Safe Travels Stamp subsequent to Baguio City, indicating it has followed globally identified well being protocols.

The Department of Tourism (DOT) additionally awarded the stamp to 11 motels specifically, Le Soleil de Boracay, Discovery Shores Boracay, Shangri-la’s Boracay Resort, Hue Boracay, Wald’s Place, Amable Suites, Lime Hotel, The Lind Boracay, Movenpick Resort & Spa Boracay, Villa Caemilla Beach Boutique Hotel, and Belmont Hotel Boracay.

DOT Western Visayas Regional Director Cristine Mansinares mentioned the WTTC gave the certificates remaining March 2021, because of this it identified Boracay has followed a “touchless economy” and that its touch tracing works.

“It is good news that we welcome because this will also boost the confidence of our travelers, especially our international tourists later on when we reopen to our international markets,” she instructed journalists in a press convention on Wednesday.

The WTTC Safe Travels Stamp is the arena’s first protection and hygiene stamp for vacationers to acknowledge governments and companies that experience followed world well being standardized protocols.

In a commentary, Tourism leader Bernadette Romulo-Puyat mentioned: “Keeping our tourism employees and vacationers protected will probably be an excellent soar ahead in our ongoing quest to get the tourism business again on its toes. Bringing vacationers again to Boracay, the rustic’s tourism crown jewel, in a protected and sustainable way is a crucial a part of the plan.”

Improving arrivals

Albeit slowly, tourist arrivals on the island had increased since it first reopened its shores to tourists amid the pandemic in June 2020.

From 81 tourists in June 2020, Aklan Governor Florencio Miraflores said the number grew to thousands this year.

He said arrivals reached around 11,000 in January 2021, with the highest at 26,354 recorded last month. From July 1 to 7, the number is also nearing 7,000.

As Boracay starts inoculating its tourism workers, Romulo-Puyat is hoping the island’s “dream of a shuttle bubble” will soon be realized.

“The handiest manner at the moment that you should do a shuttle bubble is that if the folk within the vacation spot themselves, the bulk also are vaccinated,” she said.

Romulo-Puyat also believes the vaccine rollout for Boracay tourism workers on Wednesday is a step towards attracting more tourists, citing a similar model in Phuket, Thailand, which only reopened to tourists from certain countries when its population was already 70 percent vaccinated.

“We need out tourism front-liners to be vaccinated kasi kahit na RT-PCR pa ‘yan or no matter, they want to be secure, kasi ang tagal na nilang walang hanapbuhay kung magkasakit sila kawawa naman (even supposing it is RT-PCR or no matter, they want to be secure, they misplaced their jobs for see you later, we want them secure),” she mentioned. (PNA) 

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