Boracay could finally get a casino as Philippine government looks for fresh tax sources

The Philippine holiday island of Boracay in the country’s Western Visayas region will likely soon get a casino after a gambling ban has been lifted by the government of President Rodrigo Duterte, according to a Reuters report.

Duterte lifted a ban on casino operations in the top holiday island in force since 2018 to generate additional taxes for the country’s Covid-19 pandemic response, a presidential spokesperson said on August 27.

“The president has given his go signal allowing the operation of a casino in Boracay,” presidential spokesperson Harry Roque said in a statement, not detailing whether the lifting would be temporary or permanent.

Currently, no casinos operate on Boracay island, which has been popular among tourists for its beaches and its pre-pandemic vibrant night life, but also notorious for overtourism and poor waste management before tourism eventually collapsed in 2020.

Plans for a $500-million casino project

Among the contenders to build a casino in Boracay are the Philippines’ Alliance Global Group and a joint venture of Filipino entertainment firm Leisure & Resorts World Corporation and Macao’s Galaxy Entertainment Group.

In 2018, Duterte rejected Galaxy’s plan to build a $500 million integrated casino resort in Boracay.

Alliance Global would proceed with its casino project in Boracay where it has several hotels and a golf course, company chairman Andrew Tan said in a statement on the same day when the ban was lifted.

“We are very hopeful that the tourism industry on this island will recover fast after the pandemic,” he said.

Galaxy and Leisure & Resorts World did not yet comment on the issue. Leisure & Resorts World Corporation had already purchased land in Boracay before 2018, but was taken the opportunity to commence casino construction when the ban came into force.



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The Philippine holiday island of Boracay in the country’s Western Visayas region will likely soon get a casino after a gambling ban has been lifted by the government of President Rodrigo Duterte, according to a Reuters report. Duterte lifted a ban on casino operations in the top holiday island in force since 2018 to generate additional taxes for the country's Covid-19 pandemic response, a presidential spokesperson said on August 27. "The president has given his go signal allowing the operation of a casino in Boracay," presidential spokesperson Harry Roque said in a statement, not detailing whether the lifting would be...

The Philippine holiday island of Boracay in the country’s Western Visayas region will likely soon get a casino after a gambling ban has been lifted by the government of President Rodrigo Duterte, according to a Reuters report.

Duterte lifted a ban on casino operations in the top holiday island in force since 2018 to generate additional taxes for the country’s Covid-19 pandemic response, a presidential spokesperson said on August 27.

“The president has given his go signal allowing the operation of a casino in Boracay,” presidential spokesperson Harry Roque said in a statement, not detailing whether the lifting would be temporary or permanent.

Currently, no casinos operate on Boracay island, which has been popular among tourists for its beaches and its pre-pandemic vibrant night life, but also notorious for overtourism and poor waste management before tourism eventually collapsed in 2020.

Plans for a $500-million casino project

Among the contenders to build a casino in Boracay are the Philippines’ Alliance Global Group and a joint venture of Filipino entertainment firm Leisure & Resorts World Corporation and Macao’s Galaxy Entertainment Group.

In 2018, Duterte rejected Galaxy’s plan to build a $500 million integrated casino resort in Boracay.

Alliance Global would proceed with its casino project in Boracay where it has several hotels and a golf course, company chairman Andrew Tan said in a statement on the same day when the ban was lifted.

“We are very hopeful that the tourism industry on this island will recover fast after the pandemic,” he said.

Galaxy and Leisure & Resorts World did not yet comment on the issue. Leisure & Resorts World Corporation had already purchased land in Boracay before 2018, but was taken the opportunity to commence casino construction when the ban came into force.



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