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Despite scenes of devastation, and an international appeal for aid in the wake of force-five typhoon Haiyan, the country's Department of Tourism has urged tourists to continue to visit the Philippines.
"The great majority of touristic products are available, whether one is looking for a beach vacation, historical trip, gastronomic tour, or one of the many other possible travel opportunities," the Department said in a statement. While they admitted that considerable damage had been caused to some hotels, it outlined that leading destinations in the Visayas Region can still be accessed via ports including Boracay Island, Cebu, Iloilo and Palawan.
However, currently the UK Foreign Office (FCO) advises ‘against all but essential travel to the Eastern Visayas region’. Despite this fact the UK FCO does highlight that popular tourists hotspots such as southern parts of Cebu and Boracay are mostly ‘unaffected’, though it does urge travellers to check local conditions before they set out on their trips. This idea was also confirmed by the Tourism board.
The Department goes on to outline other areas that are still open to tourists. While Coron Island has suffered extensive damage Cebu Pacific and Philippine airlines have resumed flights in and out of Busuanga airport. Asia Grand View, Busuanga Bay Lodge and the Two Seasons on the island are also still open.
Philippines Department of Tourism Europe region director Venus Q Tan, added: "We rely on our partners, both in the private and public sectors, to embark on initiatives that will help us achieve normalcy and sustain the tourism growth, particularly in the affected destinations," said the Philippines Department of Tourism Europe region director Venus Q Tan.
"The coming days, and indeed months to come will test the resiliency of the Philippines and the Filipino people yet again. We remain confident however that we will sail this crisis through; rebuild, move forward and come out stronger and even more determined." If you are heading off on holiday to Asia or any other destination, it is important to secure worldwide travel insurance in advance.
Date Created: 20/11/2013