Is Boracay Closing in 2019?

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Will there be another closure of Boracay in 2019?

Current statements made by the Department of Tourism (DOT) indicate there will be no closure in 2019; as always, we recommend awaiting further official announcements, as things can sometimes change suddenly. The government has been entertaining the idea of a one month closure every year during super low travel season to allow the island some time to recuperate. While this could change, the current tourist arrivals have not been reaching levels where a one month closure would be necessary. The island will undergo sustained rehabilitation throughout 2019 while tourism continues.

BORACAY BEFORE: Flooding and narrow roads caused many issues
Boracay before 2019

 

THE SAME ROAD TODAY: Paved sidewalks and wide roads enhance island beauty and improve transport
new boracay 2019

As of mid-March, the emerging changes around the island have been a pleasure to watch. A solid infrastructure that is safe for tourists & easy on the eyes is slowly being chiselled into place.  Sidewalks, new roads & road-widening can create some inconvenience; but many island residents are beginning to see that the end result –painful as it was– will be worth the total “price tag”. Especially when the various projects have been totally completed & implemented.

OMG SIDEWALKS! Safely stroll around Bulabog beach enjoying the water sports
bulabog beach 2019

In the coming weeks, the Boracay Main Road will close for upgrades between Jony’s resort and The Ambassador hotel, to make road improvements and directly deal with the long-standing issue of island flooding.  Boracay’s new pumping station on Bulabog beach is well under construction and intends to make sure the flooding is mitigated. The pumping station will serve two of Boracay’s pain points, Station one and D’mall & will be (conservatively) fully operational by the end of the year.

So much stormwater, so little time – Full speed ahead on Boracay’s new pumping station
boracay pumping station

Recovery of the island has been a long painful process that is still affecting both residents and business owners – however, the sustainable, forward-looking improvements being crafted around the island also bring hope to many.


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