More than 12,000 South Korean tourists cancel trips to the Philippines

Published on : Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Korean touristsMore than 12,000 South Korean tourists have cancelled their trips to the Philippines because of the Marawi crisis and the declaration of martial law in the whole of Mindanao.


However, the Tourism Undersecretary Ricky Alegre said the cancellations were happening “only in parts of Mindanao.” He said the effect of the Mindanao situation on tourist arrivals in Luzon and the Visayas was “minimal.”


To quote Alegre, “We noted initial cancellations for the 3rd quarter from some countries, but more bookings are coming in from other countries. An initial 12,000 cancellations were reported from [South] Korea and yet new bookings to other destinations were also made. Data shows that over 3,000 South Koreans arrive daily. In fact, the PAL Incheon-Bohol direct flight commenced as scheduled on June 22.”


Alegre said that the tourists have rebooked for a later date and added that the decline of booking is expected around this time of the year. He listed air connections, facilities, and security and safety as factors that usually affect the number of tourist arrivals.


Alegre said, “The Department of Tourism maintains that although some provinces are affected, destination Philippines is still growing. We are confident that the 7 million target for 2017 will still be reached.”


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