Booster shots for foreign and local tourist visiting Boracay plus new tourism products

Booster shots for foreign and local tourist visiting Boracay plus new tourism products

Boracay Island, the crown jewel of tourism, offers booster shots administered by licensed pharmacists to both fully vaccinated local and foreign tourists visiting the Island.

Tourism Secretary Berna Romulo-Puyat made the statement during the Resbakuna sa Botika program at the Watson’s Pharmacy City Mall Boracay on Friday, where she was also joined by other government officials.

“We expect Boracay Island, our crown jewel of tourism, to once again fill up with travelers from around the world. The Resbakuna sa Botika Program will provide an added layer of protection to the Island’s domestic visitors. This will impact on the tourism industry and all the Filipinos whose livelihoods depend on tourism,” Puyat said.

“Without a doubt, this program, which makes it even more convenient for the Island’s population to gain access to life-saving vaccine, will help bring the boosted vaccination rate closer to 100 percent much faster than before,” she added.

Puyat also commended the local chief executives of Aklan and Malay town for the impressive inoculation rates among Boracay’s tourism workers.

Based on the DOT’s data (as of Feb. 10), a total of 17,910 or 102.51% of the targeted population of tourism workers on the Island, have received their second dose of COVID-19 vaccine, and a total of 2,671 or, 15.29% have received booster shots.

“This number is expected to boost the confidence of tourists in travelling to Boracay, knowing that the people who make their stay wonderful are protected,” Puyat said.

The DOT’s Boracay Field Office also continuously inspects anything related to accreditation, minimum health, and safety guidelines, and Safety Seal certifications to prepare Boracay tourism establishments for the anticipated influx of visitors.

As of Feb. 7, a total of 81 accommodation establishments and one travel and tour agency/operator in Boracay have been certified under the Safety Seal program.

New Tourism Products

New tourism products will also soon be available in Boracay “to cater to demands of tourists in this new era of travel,” Puyat disclosed.

Among these are the Boracay Biking Tour, which will showcase the Island’s scenic terrain, a Boracay Food Crawl, billed as a “deconstructed” experience featuring the Island’s diverse cuisine, and the Boracay Wellness Workation Program for those who want to work remotely on the Island.

Meanwhile, Puyat reiterated the importance of close collaboration between the public and private sectors; and the regular stakeholder discussions on how the Island’s tourism can be improved.

“I am looking forward to our discussions on how we can further improve Boracay’s recovery. It’s always good to hear your perspective and opinions on the situation. I assure you, the DOT respectfully takes these into account whenever we formulate our policies and programs to bring forth a safer, stronger, and more inclusive tourism industry,” she said.

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