Written by Staff Writer
05 Apr, 2018 | 6:09 pm
The Philippines has announced its best-known holiday island Boracay will be closed to tourists for six months over concerns that the once idyllic white-sand resort has become a “cesspool” tainted by dumped sewage.
A spokesperson for President Rodrigo Duterte said the closure would begin on 26 April.
President Duterte had previously described the island as a “cesspool,” and was concerned the island could be turned into a “fishpond or a sewer pool” if its environmental needs weren’t addressed.
Boracay had nearly 2 million visitors in 2017.
The decision will affect thousands of people employed in the island.
The island is home to around 500 tourism-related businesses, which drew in annual revenue of $1.07bn (£760m) last year.
However, the government said affected companies will receive financial aid.
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