An experiment in tourism management has reached a new stage. One of the most popular resorts in the Philippines has been closed for six months while workers cleaned the beaches. And now it’s open for business.
Boracay beach is now open to the public, but not quite as open as it used to be. The government of the Philippines has spent the last six months overseeing a cleanup of the resort area — which the country’s president Rodrigo Duterte called a “cesspool.”
Government officials say that’s been cleaned up now – the Environment Secretary telling reporters Friday that the “fecal coliform level” has gone down “significantly.” That’s a bacteria associated with sewage.
Before the island was closed in April, Boracay had 525 hotels in operation — today nearly two-thirds of them remain closed. Those that have re-opened needed to prove they are in compliance with the Clean Water and Clean Air acts — as well as garbage disposal laws.