Reopened last October 2018, Boracay has unsurprisingly managed to amaze local and foreign tourists alike with its blue waters and white sand—landing a spot in TripAdvisor’s 2019 Travelers’ Choice Awards.
In an effort to sustain the island’s natural beauty and promote sustainable tourism, the Department of Tourism (DOT) Region 6 initiated the “Be a Responsible TOURIST” campaign to encourage all visitors to keep the island safe and clean.
For every letter of the word “tourist,” the DOT have come up with quick and simple ways that travelers can do to maintain Boracay’s beauty:
T – Take care of yourself and your belongings.
O – Own a local souvenir and try local food and delicacies.
U – Use trash bins to maintain cleanliness.
R – Respect culture and traditions.
I – Indulge only in clean fun (no illegal drugs).
S – Save water and energy.
T – Teach others to be responsible tourists.
DOT Region 6 Director Helen Catalbas said that they will be promoting the campaign through various social media outlets.
The DOT will also be pushing programs regarding the accreditation of tourism establishments, tourism product development, tourism planning, and tourism training—all of which are aspects of sustainable tourism.
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The regulation of tourists in Boracay has also been DOT’s primary focus since the island’s reopening after an extensive six-month cleanup. The local government has implemented stricter rules for those entering the island.
Currently, Boracay’s maximum carrying capacity is about 19,000 individuals per day.
Do your share in preserving the beauty of Boracay. Sign the DOT’s Oath to Better Boracay now!.
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