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Boracay pioneers hit hard by Covid-19 / Nestor P. Burgos Jr.

By: Burgos Jr, Nestor P [author].
Material type: materialTypeLabelContinuing resourceAnalytics: Show analyticsPublisher: Makati City : Philippine Daily Inquirer, 2020Subject(s): Boracay pioneers | Business operators | Covid-19 | Tourism | Tourism industryOnline resources: View the Article Abstract: ILOILO CITY, Iloilo, Philippines — As the new coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic continues to batter the tourism industry, several businesses, including the oldest stores and restaurants on Boracay Island, have decided to shut their doors for good. Nautilus Boracay, a resort lifestyle clothing store at D’Mall commercial plaza put up 20 years ago, will cease operations. “I resign. Fifty percent of the [small and medium enterprises]in the country are already closing their businesses for good. Count me in,” said store owner and international designer PJ Arañador in a Facebook post. Arañador said he had been losing millions of pesos in fixed costs, including payment of employees’ salaries in advance. “We pay rentals and utilities in a ghost town now. Our market is nowhere clear in sight. The [arrival of] local tourists projected by end of this year will not support it, even give it another two years,” he said. Arañador said that even before the pandemic, businesses were reeling from the six-month closure of the island to tourists from April 26 to Oct. 25, 2018. Market change “We asked the government to close the island by phases so [micro, small and medium enterprises] may live, by shifts, but [President] Duterte closed the entire house when the damage was only in the kitchen,” he said in his post. Read more: https://newsinfo.inquirer.net/1329492/boracay-pioneers-hit-hard-by-covid#ixzz6WzQcWWBa Follow us: @inquirerdotnet on Twitter | inquirerdotnet on Facebook
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ILOILO CITY, Iloilo, Philippines — As the new coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic continues to batter the tourism industry, several businesses, including the oldest stores and restaurants on Boracay Island, have decided to shut their doors for good.

Nautilus Boracay, a resort lifestyle clothing store at D’Mall commercial plaza put up 20 years ago, will cease operations.
“I resign. Fifty percent of the [small and medium enterprises]in the country are already closing their businesses for good. Count me in,” said store owner and international designer PJ Arañador in a Facebook post.

Arañador said he had been losing millions of pesos in fixed costs, including payment of employees’ salaries in advance.

“We pay rentals and utilities in a ghost town now. Our market is nowhere clear in sight. The [arrival of] local tourists projected by end of this year will not support it, even give it another two years,” he said.

Arañador said that even before the pandemic, businesses were reeling from the six-month closure of the island to tourists from April 26 to Oct. 25, 2018.

Market change
“We asked the government to close the island by phases so [micro, small and medium enterprises] may live, by shifts, but [President] Duterte closed the entire house when the damage was only in the kitchen,” he said in his post.



Read more: https://newsinfo.inquirer.net/1329492/boracay-pioneers-hit-hard-by-covid#ixzz6WzQcWWBa
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