Protection From Tourists

Isabella Steger, Is Banning Beach Parties, Quartz, October 15, 2018

Boracay No Longer a Cesspool

In April, Philippine president Rodrigo Duterte ordered a six-month closure of the tourist hotspot of Boracay after he said poor sewage treatment there had turned it into a “cesspool.” Today (Oct. 15), the island reopens for a 10-day dry run before officially welcoming tourists again on Oct. 26—with a large list of restrictions.

Duterte said today that “Boracay is no longer a cesspool,” as the island reopened its doors to locals only after a host of upgrades were implemented, including a new system to take trash out of the island everyday, a beach clean-up, and new rules mandating how hotels should treat their sewage. The government also said that the number of tourists allowed to enter Boracay will be capped, and flights to the island would be limited.




Through the WI Lens

This is a taste of things to come. Last April, Rodrigo Duterte, the Philippine president, ordered a six-month closure of the tourist hotspot of Boracay’s island because of poor sewage treatment. It is now reopening for a limited period before officially allowing tourists again later this month. However, a large list of restrictions will affect how tourism will develop on this island in the years to come: the number of tourists will be capped with only limited flights. Once on the island, they will not be allowed to engage in beach parties and practice water sports. Even the construction of sandcastles will be limited, possibly banned.
Over-tourism has been a growing global concern for years and what’s happening in Baracay island is happening in many other locations affected by the same problem: Thailand, Venice, Chamonix – just to name a few.

Greater regulation provoked by over-tourism is a given that will provide a boon to companies and small businesses which are more “responsible”. ESG strategies (based upon Environmental, Social and Governance criteria) will benefit. In aggregate, this is a tailwind for the wellness industry in general, and wellness tourism in particular.

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