Iloilo’s tourism industry is expected to benefit from President Rodrigo Duterte’s order to shut down Boracay, a world-famous island in Malay, Aklan, for six months.
Provincial Administrator Raul Banias said the temporary closure is a “big opportunity” for Iloilo to showcase its tourist destinations.
The province of Iloilo, especially its fifth district, has many beautiful beaches that can be explored.
Banias said tourism is one of the top contributors to the province’s economy.
Based on data from the Provincial Tourism Office, a total of 310, 878 local and foreign tourists visited Iloilo last year. These visitors spent about P5.6 billion.
Banias said they are now working to increase the number of accommodation establishments in the province.
The provincial government is planning to conduct a Tourism Summit, which will gather resort owners, tour operators, and other tourism service providers in Iloilo.
“This will prepare them for the possible influx of tourists in Iloilo,” Banias said.
Boracay is set to be closed starting April 26, 2018.
The closure was recommended by the Department of Interior and Local Government, Department of Environment and Natural Resources and Department of Tourism to pave the way for the rehabilitation of the island.IMT