PH to re-open Boracay resort island

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Tourists walk near a sand sculpture along the beach of Boracay in Philippines, April 8, 2018. REUTERS/Erik De Castro

MANILA (Xinhua) – Boracay, the Philippines’ famous beach destination, will be re-opened for a limited-numbers test run almost six months after closing for a cleanup operation, according to Philippine tourism officials.

Philippine Tourism Secretary Bernadette Romulo-Puyat on Monday said that the island will have a soft opening on October 26 and that it would be the first phase.

“Phase 2 will be in next April and Phase 3 will be in December,” she said, adding that the island’s “full rehabilitation” will be in December 2019.

Ms Puyat admitted that there will still be visible construction and road repairs during the re-opening.

She said there are some 68 hotels with over 3,000 rooms available for the re-opening.

Non-compliant establishments will remain closed until all requirements, including a sewerage facility, are complied with. The system overhaul cost over US$18.4 million.

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