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Boracay is among 50 of 'world's greatest places of 2022'

MANILA, Philippines — Boracay has made it to a Time list titled  “The world’s greatest places of 2022: 50 extraordinary destinations to explore,” which was posted on its website on Tuesday.

Boracay — already a popular tourist destination for its white-sand beaches — was one of eight destinations in Asia on the list. An aerial photo of a beach on the island has this caption: “Paradise reborn.”

The seven other Asian destinations, along with their descriptions are:

  • Seoul: The smartest city
  • Kerala, India: Ecotourism hot spot
  • Ahmedabad, India: Higher Learning
  • Trans Bhutan Trail in Bhutan: Breathtaking pilgrimage
  • Bali, Indonesia: Resortapalooza!
  • Kyushu Island, Japan: Volcanic Beauty
  • Setouchi Islands, Japan: Immersed in art

According to Time, it came up with the list —  in which the places were not ranked — by asking its correspondents and contributors worldwide for their nominations, “with an eye toward those offering new and exciting experiences.”

The Time feature notes: “Many of the destinations are charting a path to economic recovery; this year paradise reopens on The Philippines’ Boracay Island, which had been closed for years due to overtourism and then the COVID-19 pandemic. Others are thriving, growing, and changing, like the luxe city of Doha, Qatar, which is opening 100 new hotels to accommodate 2022 World Cup spectators.”

In April 2018, then-President Rodrigo Duterte ordered Boracay Island — which he described as “a cesspool” — closed to tourists, local and foreign, for rehabilitation.

But when the COVID-19 pandemic was declared in 2020, the island was again closed to tourism starting in March due to various restrictions.

Then-Tourism Secretary Bernadette Romulo-Puyat announced its reopening to tourists later in Ocober. But visitors were still subject to restrictions before being allowed entry — mainly, COVID-19 testing — and there was a limit to the number of visitors.