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The Department of Tourism (DOT) has released an initial list of 25 accommodation establishments that are certified compliant with the requirements of the Boracay inter-agency task force and can begin operations when the island begins receiving visitors next month.
The compliant establishments are:
- Luana Hotel/Hue Hotel
- Astoria Current
- Boracay Mandarin Island Hotel
- Boracay Haven Resort
- Boracay Haven Suites
- Casa Pilar Beach Resort
- Boracay Holidays Beach Resort
- El Centro Beach Resort
- De Paris Beach Resort
- Best Western Boracay Tropics
- Surfside Boracay Resort and Spa
- Fairways and Bluewater Beach Resort
- Discovery Shores
- The Lazy Dog
- Red Coconut Beach Hotel
- Starfire Resort
- Canyon de Boracay
- AV Seven Resort
- Azalea Apartment Hotel
- Reef Retreat Resort
- Nigi-nigi Nu Noos’E Nunu Noos Beach
- The Club Ten Beach Resort Boracay
- Ferra Hotel
- Den Pasar Beach Resort
- Blue Coral Beach Resort
These 25 accommodation establishments will provide a total of 2,063 rooms that are all certified compliant.
Tourism Chief Bernadette Romulo-Puyat said the rehabilitation of the island will go beyond the soft opening date of Oct. 26. She said, “Despite the soft opening, the government’s efforts to rehabilitate shall continue as we rehabilitate the island in stages.”
She also said that the completion of the first phase of rehabilitation will be in October, the second phase by the middle of next year and third phase by the end of 2019.
“This is to ensure that all tourism establishments and service providers are compliant with the standards set by the government and that all necessary infrastructure and facilities are in place,” Puyat said.
The inter-agency task force earlier said it will be holding a soft opening of the island from Oct. 16 to 25, to be ready for its full reopening.
Environment Secretary Roy Cimatu said, “The soft will allow us to assess what else needs to be done before the island is reopened to all tourists, both domestic and foreign, on Oct. 26.”.
He added that during the soft opening, only Filipino tourists will be allowed to enter Boracay, with the locals as priority. The public is advised to wait for the DOT announcement on what hotels will be opened as only 1,000 hotel rooms will be available on the first day of the dry run.
“I know our Kababayans miss Boracay, that is why we are prioritizing them so they can all take pride on the effects of the rehabilitation we implemented, the Environment Chief said in closing.