Published on : Monday, February 20, 2017
At the recently concluded World Tourism Forum (WTF) Ministerial Meeting in Istanbul, Turkey, the message of Filipino Tourism Secretary Wanda Corazon T. Teo to other governments issuing travel advisories was ‘Be Fair’. The Department of Tourism (DOT) said that Teo made the call on behalf of countries like the Philippines for whom, tourism is a major source of income, fetching in billions of dollars.
The DOT chief was speaking at the Istanbul International Convention Centre. To quote Teo, “I call on the [Tourism] ministers here to have a collective stand on travel advisories, most especially for small island destinations.
This is necessary in order to influence the Ministries of Foreign Affairs to rethink the issuance of such notices so we can safeguard the local people who are dependent on tourism.” Teo met with Turkey’s Culture and Tourism Minister Nabi Avci, who committed to support her call, “If such incidences [of unfair travel advisories] occur, we will stand together with messages of support.
This would be our best response to terrorism.” The Philippines and Turkey governments also signed a MoU on tourism cooperation that will boost better tourism relations between the two countries. Teo also discussed with Turkish Airlines Executives for exploring possibilities for establishing new air routes to the Philippines. Teo also met with the largest tourism and travel operators in Turkey to make a pitch for the Philippines.