Philippines to temporarily close popular tourist island Boracay
The Philippine island of Boracay will be closed to tourists for six months following concerns of damage to its once pristine shores.
A spokesperson for President Rodrigo Duterte said the closure will begin on 26 April.
Earlier this year Mr Duterte said Boracay was turning into a "cesspool" and threatened to shut it down.
The island, known for its white-sand beaches, attracted nearly 2 million visitors last year.
The decision has prompted concern for the thousands of people employed in Boracay's busy tourist trade.
The island is home to around 500 tourism-related businesses, which... read more
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