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