This is the roundup of stories that came out in local publications today, August 31. Reduced crime rate a boost to tourism industry THOUGH the Philippines maybe getting mixed reviews…
This is the roundup of stories that came out in local publications today, August 31.
Reduced crime rate a boost to tourism industry
THOUGH the Philippines maybe getting mixed reviews on its intensified war on drugs, tourism stakeholders say the reduction of the crime rate will boost the country’s image as a safe destination.
Efren Belarmino of Plantation Bay and Jonathan Aldeguer of the Island Groups say tourists put a premium on safety when they choose their destinations and an intensified campaign by the police force will make the tourists feel secured. However, another industry player says the killings will leave a negative impression on the country.
The fact that crime rate is down by at least 40 percent should be reassuring enough that the Philippines today is becoming safer and safer to visit. Now how the local and international media interprets drug-related killings will be critical. Right now, we are getting mixed reviews abroad. Generally however, I feel that peace and order will be more evident under this administration in the next few months and will surely be a big boost to tourism. Jonathan Jay Aldeguer of the Islands Group.
Somehow, these extrajudicial killings have an impact on international tourism. Killings, no matter how good the intention, always leave a negative impression. Cebu Association Tour Operators president Edilberto Mendoza Jr.