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OPINION Boracay's Tourism Woes: A Call for Renewal

  Boracay, once hailed as a tropical paradise and a global tourist magnet, now wears an unfamiliar cloak of solitude. The past weeks have witnessed a disheartening downturn in tourism—a stark contrast to the vibrant celebrations expected during the municipality of Malay's weeklong tourist week. This unanticipated quietude raises a pressing question: Why is Boracay losing its cherished visitors? 1. **Burdensome Rules and Restrictions**: Boracay's laundry list of regulations, while intended for safety and order, has become a roadblock to spontaneity and relaxation for travelers. The island's charm is increasingly stifled by these rules. 2. **High Costs, Mediocre Facilities**: Tourists find themselves paying premium prices for facilities that fail to impress. From the airport to terminals, hotels, internet connectivity, and public areas, Boracay must elevate its standards to match the premium prices. 3. **Better Value Elsewhere**: Travelers, in search of greater value for thei