Department of Tourism Regional Director Catalino Chan III said DOT’s accredited hotels are still booked and his office has not received information that hotel reservations were cancelled after the hostage-taking incident in Manila. Chan said the DOT is expecting more local and foreign tourist arrivals in time for the city fiesta this weekend.
He said 75 to 80 percent of arrivals are domestic tourists while the rest are from the US, Australia, among others.
“We only expect a few visitors from Hong Kong to the city, so the ‘black’ travel advisory issued by the Hong Kong government will only have a slight effect on local tourism,” Chan told The Gold Star Daily yesterday.
In spite of that, Chan said he is hopeful that Hong Kong would lift the travel ban as it could have an effect on other tourists who are on their way to the country.
He said tourists who are staying now in Hong Kong may have second thoughts of coming to the country once they hear of the travel ban.
Chan said that hostage crisis situations happen around the world “but what happened in Manila city was an overkill”.
Chan said he is glad Venus Raj, the country’s representative to the recently held Ms. Universe pageant, was awarded the 4th runner-up. He said it somehow helped lighten the negative impression on the Philippines.
excerpt from article by Jigger Jerusalem of Gold Star Daily