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Saving Boracay Island, Philippines - PHIST Interview with Cyndy Tan Jarabata

[HD video and podcast below] Boracay is one of the most beautiful places on earth. The island has been a powerful magnet for both local and foreign tourists for many years, first mainly with backpackers and partygoers, but in recent years some luxury hotels have opened changing the demographics of the island's visitor arrivals.

The island is famous for its white sandy beaches, the friendly hospitality and the great fun that can be hand there, but earlier this year Boracay made the headlines of major media outlets around the world for an entirely different reason. It was closed down! President Rodrigo Duterte proclaimed it a cess pool and as the island is so very important to the nation's coffers he ordered the island to be cleaned up - to make it more sustainable before the island's reputation and infrastructure were damaged beyond repair.

Cyndy Tan. Click to enlarge.

So how is that going? What happened to the 35,000 people or so who were directly affected by this presidential decision and have other islands taken heed and started to clean up their act? These are just a few of the many, many questions we put to Ms. Cyndy Tan Jarabata, President and CEO of Tajara Leisure and Hospitality Group.

Cyndy, a Filipina who was born in Boracay, has worked in the travel and tourism industry for many years and today her company works as a consultant on hotel developments within her beautiful home country.

Cyndy was also one of the main speakers at PHIST (Phuket Hotels for Islands Sustaining Tourism) in Phuket on 24 September where she gave the 550+ delegates an update on Boracay Island.

Steven Howard of TravelNewsAsia.com sat down with Cyndy in Bangkok on 26 September to learn about what is happening to one of the world's most idyllic holiday destinations and ask her a few questions about Boracay Island, Philippines.

Saving Boracay Island, Philippines

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