Boracay tourist workers undergo retraining

ILOILO CITY — As tourism is slowly picking up, the Western Visayas regional office of the Department of Tourism Region (DOT-6) is leading a weeklong training of tourism frontline workers at world-famous Boracay Island.

“Considering that Boracay Island is now open to more areas in the Philippines, we continue to equip our tourism workers with the knowledge and skills on how to handle tourists while observing minimum health and safety protocols,” said DOT-6 Regional Director Cristine Mansinares.

DOT-6 started its Tourism Industry Skills Program (TISP) Thursday and will run until October 29.

The Department of Tourism (DOT) is conducting a series of training for tourist workers in Boracay Island, the country’s most famous beach destination. (DOT Western Visayas/Manila Bulletin)

The series of trainings for more than 120 tourism workers include Front Office Operations Course, Basic Housekeeping Course, and two sessions of Filipino Brand of Service Excellence.

“Let us bring forth the best Filipino hospitality and deliver tourism experiences that are fun, safe, and sustainable,” said Mansinares.

The country’s most famous beach destination located in Malay town, Aklan province has registered at least 12,877 tourist arrivals from October 1-17.

Based on data from the Malay Tourism Office, there were only 1,616 tourists in Boracay for the period of September 8-19.

To recall, Boracay, the country’s most famous beach destination, temporarily barred tourists last August 1 when the national government placed Aklan province under Modified Enhanced Community Quarantine (MECQ). At that time, leisure travel was banned.