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Boracay closure offers chance to clean up and rethink tourism

Sudden shutdown hits top Philippine beach resort, but future looks encouraging

This sewer pipe from a resort facility on Boracay runs directly into the sea.   © Reuters

MANILA -- Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte in April ordered the closure of Boracay, the country's most famous resort island, for up to six months, due to environmental concerns. Two and a half months later, the island known for its white sand and clear water remains quiet, awaiting its reopening in October.

The island attracted nearly 2 million tourists in 2017.

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