This one comes rather belatedly in this corner as a piece of news. On a tip from Wysgal, as cited in the online Wall Street Journal: Boracay gets the attention of travel industry bigwigs as one of the world’s next travel hotspot.
The roll call (with corresponding descriptions and an interactive map) put together by WSJ writer Candace Jackson:
Boracay, Philippines – a regional vacation spot reinvented for luxury seekers
Sanya, Hainan Island, China – the “Hawaii of China,” popular with China’s leisure class
Almaty, Kazakhstan – a luxury hub awash in new oil money (“but groups like the Al Qaeda remain active in neighboring countries like Uzbekistan”)
Mauritius– a culturally-diverse beach haven
Seychelles – an Indian Ocean alternative to the Maldives
Rwanda – a view of Africa few tourists have discovered
Saadiyat Island, Abu Dhabi – The flash of Dubai, with an eye toward culture
Montenegro – a newly-independent country where Sophia Loren used to vacation
Istanbul, Turkey – Hip boutique hotels and nightlife invade this old-world city
Nicaragua – Cheap beachfront properties for second homes
Honduras – A cutting edge Costa Rica
Providence, Rhode Island – A cultural center with more than $500 million revitalization projects under way
Minneapolis, Minnesota – An architectural and arts boom is drawing high-design hotels and growing tourism
Newfoundland, Canada – A Canadian island drawing second home owners.
This is certainly good news for Philippine tourism. Boracay’s timeless reputation as an “it” place can be gleaned from the number of high-end resorts that continue to be built in the area ( Shang-ri La, for instance).
Just a few notes on Bora:
– Boracay is way too overcrowded. The world-class resorts will surely be far from the main beach, where all the action is. Or else, they will have to reinvent the action elsewhere
– The “world-class” tag has become too expensive for vacationers. I’d really like to go on a food trip here but it will probably cost me cheaper to eat in Greenbelt.
– Koreans everywhere. It might as well be called Bora-K (short for BoraKorea :P.)
– Environmental problems like garbage disposal need to be addressed. And doesn’t it freak anyone out that there isn’t a fully-equipped hospital or medical center within driving distance?
– The major airlines need to make direct flights to Caticlan. A few of my friends are kinda afraid of the rickety old planes of Asian Spirit (the running joke being “fly by Asian and come back as a spirit)
Or maybe it is just them.