If you lift the restrictions, they will come.
This is evident for Boracay island, which experienced a surge in tourists over the weekend after commercial flights to the word-famous beach spot were allowed to resume and restrictions earlier imposed on travelers from the NRC Plus bubble (NCR and the provinces of Bulacan, Cavite, Laguna and Rizal) were lifted from June 1 to 15.
According to this Philippine Daily Inquirer report, more than 2,000 tourists from Metro Manila visited Boracay Island from June 3 to 5.
“From 31 tourists on June 1 and five tourists on June 2, tourist arrivals reached 385 on June 3, after flights from Manila to Barangay Caticlan in mainland Malay town, the jump-off point to the island, were restored. Tourist arrivals reached 805 on June 4 and 959 on June 5,” the Inquirer reports. Tourists from Metro Manila comprised 64 per cent of these arrivals, it added.
To prepare for the arrival of passengers from the NCR Plus bubble, Boracay’s residents made conducted a clean-up drive on June 5 following the onslaught of Typhoon Dante.
“The clean-up covered Angol Beach, the tip of the first station, Diniwid Beach, as well as the Puka Beach. Likewise, residents picked up garbage swept into the areas of Manocmanoc Beach and Cagban Beach,” the Philippine Star reported.
“The Malay Tourism Office also invited visitors from NCR Plus to explore Ilig-Iligan Beach to the east of Boracay, as well as Bolabog Beach on the same side of the island,” it said.
Cebu Pacific started twice daily flights to Boracay on June 4 to coincide with a special all-domestic seat sale for immediate travel to welcome the government’s recent announcement that allows everyJuan to travel for leisure again.
From now until June 11, 2021, and for as low as PHP 88 one-way base fare, passengers can book that much-anticipated vacation to any domestic destination on sale, with travel period until March 26, 2022.