Travel bookings in Cebu, Bohol slightly decline due to terror threats

admin   •   April 25, 2017   •   3746

MANILA — There is only minimal number of tourists who cancelled their trips to Central Visayas. This is despite a series of travel advisories issued by Japan, China and Korea to their citizens saying it is not safe to travel to Central Visayas due to threats of terrorism in the region.

Based on the records of the travel agency, Nemoto Travel, only 10 tourists have cancelled their travel bookings this month.

Nemoto Travel adds most tourists who availed of travel packages will pursue their vacation plans despite the travel advisories.

“For future bookings, there are some who have cancelled their bookings, but very minimal. Now we are processing the request of the Japanese school to Cebu. They are 30 persons going to Cebu in November.  We also have other bookings which have not been cancelled,” NAITAS president, Erlinda Tan said.

Tan, the owner of Nemoto Travel and Tours and the president of the National Association of Independent Travel Agencies (NAITAS) said there are about 3,000 Japanese tourists who book flights to Cebu and Bohol monthly.

The Department of Tourism said the same.

“If we talk about cancellations and we talk about those who decided to push through with their trips, it’s very clear there a lot more tourists who decided to push through,” said DOT Usec. Benito Bengzon Jr.

“Sabi ko nga bababa ang tourism for a while pero but after that it goes up…  kasi I’ve been in travel business for 20 years (As I have said, there will be a decline in the tourism industry for a while. But after that, it goes up. I’ve been in the travel business for 20 years) ,” DOT Secretary Wanda Tulfo Teo said.

Meanwhile, 65 travel agencies from NAITAS will conduct ocular inspection from April 28 to 30.

This is to show tourists that it is safe to travel to Cebu and Bohol. — Aiko Miguel | UNTV News & Rescue

Paracale, Camarines Norte suspends operation of 18 resorts due to COVID-19 cases

Aileen Cerrudo   •   May 5, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — Several resorts in the town of Paracale in Camarines Norte were closed to prevent the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

According to Municipal Tourism Officer Cielo Javier, 18 resorts in Paracale were temporarily suspended after several residents tested positive for COVID-19.

This is part of the safety and precautionary measures in order to prevent the spread of the virus especially with the number of tourists visiting the area.

The suspension of operations would also give way for contact tracing.

Minabuti po ng LGU [local government unit] na ipasara na muna para po ma-control po namin ang pagdami ng mga tao sa resorts. Kasi hindi po natin maiiwasan pagdating sa resorts, ay talaga pong dinadayo ng mga bisita iyan. Hindi natin alam kung ang mga guest ay carrier or safe sila sa COVID-19 (The LGU decided to temporarily close the resorts to control the crowd. Resorts are usually visited by tourists. We cannot determine if the guests are carriers or safe from COVID-19),” he said.

Javier said around 100 employees will be affected by the suspension of operations. He assured that the government is taking action in order to immediately resume operations so as not to heavily affect the economy in the area.

Mawawalan talaga ng income pansamantala. Pero pinipilit po namin makapagpa-operate po nang mas maaga. Para mabigyan po ulit ng pagkakataon na makapag-operate ang mga resorts natin. Kasi kailangan talaga ng mga tao ang trabaho especially karamihan sa kababayan natin doon lang umaasa (They will lose income temporarily. But we are striving to immediately resume operations. To give chance for the resorts to operate soon. Especially when this is the only job they rely on),” he said.

Meanwhile, the Paracale LGU is currently discussing what aid they can provide to the employees affected by the suspension. AAC (with reports from Bryan Baldaraje)

DOT ensures stricter implementation of health protocols to prevent mass “super spreader” events in Boracay

Aileen Cerrudo   •   April 6, 2021

MANILA, Philippines—The Department of Tourism (DOT) has reiterated its stance on implementing stricter health protocols to prevent mass “super spreader” events in Boracay.

The department said it is closely coordinating with local officials and tourism establishments on the island to ensure a stricter implementation of health and safety protocols.

“The DOT reiterates that the safety of tourism destinations such as Boracay is a shared responsibility among the government, community members, businesses, and visitors,” the department said in a statement.

Meanwhile, the DOT also commended the Municipal Government of Malay for its swift action to issue a Memorandum to Conduct an Investigation to concerned business establishments.

It also reminds tourists to be responsible and to observe minimum health standards such as wearing masks and face shields, practice frequent and proper handwashing, and ensure physical distancing at all times. AAC

DOT pushes for inclusion of other tourism workers in vaccine priority list

Aileen Cerrudo   •   March 30, 2021

MANILA, Philippines—The Department of Tourism (DOT) is also pushing for the inclusion of other tourism workers in the government’s vaccine priority list for frontline workers.

In a statement, the Tourism Department said it has asked Secretary Carlito Galvez Jr, the chief implementer of the country’s COVID-19 vaccination program, to include tour guides, operators and other accredited workers and service providers in Priority Group A4.

The DOT said the nature of the job of these workers requires face-to-face interactions and they also contribute to the recovery of the tourism industry.

“Not only will vaccination protect these workers from the COVID-19 virus as we prepare to welcome foreign and domestic tourists; it also serves as a firewall of sorts that will restrict the spread of the virus in our tourist destinations,” the DOT said.

Galvez has included workers in airports and quarantine hotels on the immunization Priority Group A4. The department hopes Galvez will also include other tourism frontliners. AAC 

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