Posted: Tue 26 Nov, 2013 5:15 PM
November 26, 2013 International tourism bodies – the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), the Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA), the World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC) and the International Congress and Convention Association (ICCA) – are helping the Philippines in its tourism-related program in areas affected by the recent earthquake and super-typhoon.
The government, through the Department of Tourism (DOT), said the outpouring of support shows that travel and tourism have transformed the globe into one community, ready to stand by each other not only in times of festivities, but in times of challenges.
“With the assistance from UNWTO, PATA, WTTC and ICCA, tourism industry is not only an economic growth and development; but it is also a compassionate and supportive community,” the DOT said. PATA is in contact with tourism officials to offer moral and practical support. The UNWTO, tasked to promote responsible, sustainable, and universally accessible tourism, supports the recovery plan.
A priority in recovery efforts is to restore tourism income by coordinating with private and public efforts. Top spots in the Visayas such as Boracay, Cebu, Bohol, Iloilo and Puerto Princesa are accessible to tourists, through their ports of entry – Boracay island through Kalibo and Caticlan in Aklan, Cebu through Mactan International Airport, Bohol through Tagbilaran City Airport, and Iloilo through the Iloilo and Bacolod-Silay Airports. The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) also extended technical assistance to DOT in preparing a recovery plan for Cebu-Bohol Tourism Development Areas.
DOT assists travellers and those already in the country for travel information through its website (www.tourism.gov.ph). It assures the travelling public that tourism establishments are in operation in other parts of the country where some key tourist sports are located. Philippine tourism will bounce back in no time at all, the DOT declared, noting that “tourism continues to be one of the major contributors to the economy, playing a significant role in rebuilding lives and businesses in communities.”
For more information, please contact
TOURISM PROMOTIONS BOARD
Fourth Floor, suites 7, 10-17 Legaspi Towers 300, Roxas Boulevard, Manila, Philippines 1004
Tel: (632) 525-9318 to 27
Fax: (632) 521-6165 / 525-3314