Philippines need tourists


Tourism officials are urging travellers not to give up on the Philippines, after the region was battered by one of the most devastating typhoons on record.

While Typhoon Haiyan claimed more than 10,000 lives, major tourist locations such as Manila, Cebu and Boracay Island were spared from the disaster and Philippines travel and tourism specialists are encouraging visitors to go ahead with their travel plans to these areas, the Herald Sun reported.

“Although we had a lot of inquiries from anxious travellers and things will take a long time to return to normal, we aren’t really having cancellations or panic from them as most of the tourist sites were not damaged and this is the time we need tourists most,” Philippine Holidays managing director and Philippine honorary consul in Victoria, Virginia Kalong said.

With 131,977 visitor arrivals between January and August this year, Australia is the fifth largest source of tourists to the Philippines and tourism experts and officials are hoping travellers remain confident about travelling to the Philippines and that bookings continue to be made.

Source = ETB News: L.B.
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