The Hawaii Tourism Authority says August was another positive month for visitors to the state, although growth came at a slower pace than earlier this year. Elsewhere in the Pacific, there’s a tourist destination that will soon re-open – after the government shut it down for six months because of the wear and tear of too many visitors.
Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte ordered the resort island to be cleared of visitors and closed to tourists starting in April. The idea: to address infrastructure and environmental problems that led Duterte to compare the island to a “cesspool.”
This week, an official from the Department of Environment and Natural Resources said that when the island re-opens for business later this month, the daily number of tourists will be limited to only 19,000 — a fraction of the previous level.
And while there are some 12,000 hotel rooms on the island — only about half of them will be allowed to be open each day.