The Malay-Boracay Tourism Office recently took to Facebook to issue an urgent travel advisory warning tourists of a disturbing rise in cyber crimes. The announcement highlighted a growing trend of fraudulent activities primarily targeting tourists planning a visit to the famed Boracay Island.
The digital miscreants typically impersonate legitimate travel agencies, offering enticing travel packages and accommodations, only to swindle unsuspecting tourists. The rising cases of such scams not only breach the trust of the visitors but also risk the reputation of one of the world’s favorite holiday destinations.
In response to the escalating threat, the Department of Tourism (DOT) and the Local Government Unit of Malay are encouraging tourists to exclusively deal with DOT-accredited travel agencies and accommodation establishments for their travel plans in Boracay.
These agencies and establishments have undergone a thorough vetting process, ensuring they uphold high standards of service and offer a secure environment for tourist transactions.
The Facebook post by the Malay-Boracay Tourism Office also directed tourists to a comprehensive list of these trusted DOT-accredited agencies and establishments. Moreover, it mentioned the website www.boracayinfoguide.com, a reliable source for the latest information, essential travel tips, and guidelines for the island.
In light of the increasing cyber threats, the advisory urged travelers to exercise caution when receiving suspicious emails or encountering dubious social media accounts or websites offering travel deals that seem too good to be true. The Office stressed the importance of verifying the authenticity of the sources and resorting to secure payment methods when making reservations.
As the authorities work tirelessly to protect tourists and uphold the island’s reputation, the Malay-Boracay Tourism Office reiterated its commitment to ensuring all visitors have a delightful and trouble-free experience on the island. It called on tourists to make their safety a priority by engaging with DOT-accredited agencies and establishments, helping to create a memorable and secure trip to Boracay Island.