Authors : Lloyd B. Ranises
Volume/Issue : Volume 7 - 2022, Issue 12 - December
Google Scholar : https://bit.ly/3IIfn9N
DOI : https://doi.org/10.5281/zenodo.7490695
- Sustainable tourism considers the industry's
long-term benefits, costs, and economic, social, and
environmental impacts. It requires competent managers
to run sustainable management and social participation.
Boracay Island, a top tourist destination in the
Philippines, has faced tremendous challenges in tourism
management. The Philippine government stopped all
business operationsin the Island in six months in 2018.
This paper explores tourism management and the
actions of many sectoral groups that promote sustainable
tourism on Boracay Island. It uses the framework of
sustainable tourism management. It utilizes the available
web articles for the assessment of its tourism
management. The tourism industry in Boracay has
passed through a complex management process. Headed
by the Department of Tourism (DOT) in 1978, the
administration was ineffective when Republic Act No.
7160 of 1991 was legislated, shifting the Island’s
administration from DOT to the Local Government Unit
of Malay, Aklan province. Unprepared for the task, the
master plan was abandoned, and the LGU was
portrayed as largely failing to do its task for 26 years. A
water supply problem culminated in the coliform crisis
in 1997. Poor sewage systems, solid waste management
problems, and corruption compromised the
environment. Massive rehabilitation was needed when
the DOT was restored to running Boracay in 2009, which
intensified in 2018 by closing all business operations.
Sustainable tourism is deemed unrealistic with thenoncompletion of the rehabilitation and non-compliance
with the restriction policies. Thus, this paper has
provided key recommendations to promote sustainable
Boracay's comprehensive sustainable tourism for the
Keywords : Ati people, Boracay Foundation, Inc., Department of Tourism, sustainability, White Beach.