BFI was established in 1996 as a non-profit, non-stock, association aimed in sustaining the island’s environmental, business and social needs. It is currently composed of over a hundred fifty members representing Boracay’s leading establishments including resorts, hotels, restaurants, water sports, market stalls, airlines, banks, island organizations, residents and expatriates.
As an environment-conscious organization, BFI believes that without a healthy environment, tourism cannot be sustained for long. It is for this reason that it is actively involved in various environment preservation and restoration activities and projects such as solid waste management and underwater environment protection through close cooperation with the local government, environment departments, and other organizations.
To promote business and growth on the island, BFI facilitates the marketing and promotional programs of its members in its vision to maintain Boracay as the country’s premier tourist destination. It also leverages on the power of online marketing and promotion through this website, which provide updates on island activities and a comprehensive directory of members. Moreover, the BFI is also working hand-in-hand with the Aklan Provincial Tourism Council and other tourism groups to promote the island locally and internationally.
As a dynamic and focused organization, BFI is also involved in the development of communities surrounding the island through workshops, seminars and projects to improve professionalism in tourism-related services. It undertakes its community-based activities in close coordination with various government agencies.
BFI works hand in hand with the local administration, the provincial government and the Department of Tourism. It also serves as a conduit between the business community and the local, provincial and national government agencies.
2013-2015 BFI BOARD OF TRUSTEES
DR. HENRY O. CHUSUEY
Chairman (Henann Resorts)
DIONISIO J. SALME
President (Jony’s Beach Resort)
JOSE A. MACAVINTA
VP-Internal (Balinghai Beach Resort)
PATRICK T. TAN
VP- External (SEAIR)
HELEN C. ATANACIO
VP-Finance (Boracay Hills/Go Discover Travel/Hotel Links Solutions)
JUAN P. DAYANG
VP-Corporate Communications (Casa Dayang)
BLANCA EUNICIA S. ALDABA
Secretary (Boracay Island Water Company)
JUNE FAITH MARIE TABEL
Treasurer (Bank of the Philippine Islands)
HARVEY C. GELITO
Commodore Miguel R. Labatiao (Oceanphil Diving Center)
Commodore Leonard A. Tirol (White House Beach Resort)
Nenette A. Graf (The Boracay Beach Resort)
Connie N. Helgen (Red Coconut Hotel)
Socorro G. Gadon (Willy’s Beach Club)
Hon. Jupiter G. Gallenero (SB-Malay)