THE Department of Tourism (DOT) and the Tourism Congress of the Philippines (TCP) yesterday assured foreign and domestic tourists that the Philippines remains a safe destination for travel as the DOT intensified efforts to encourage visitors to come to the country to counter the effect of the novel corona virus (nCov) crisis on tourism.
To mitigate the economic impact of the nCoV crisis, the tourism sector has agreed to roll out a tactical program that will offer more value-added tour packages, discounted accommodation rates and marked-down prices for domestic flights.
Likewise, the DOT will intensify its marketing and promotions domestically and internationally, in key markets such as South Korea, the United States and Japan, and opportunity and emerging markets that cover Western Europe, the Middle East, Russia and the CIS, and neighboring Southeast Asian Countries.
In these challenging times, the tourism sector spanning airlines, hotels and tour operators, have banded together for the continued growth of the industry. “It is because of this support from both the public and private sector that we reiterate that the Philippines remains a vast, diverse and most importantly, safe destination for international and domestic travelers alike,” DOT said.
“We encourage everyone to take advantage of these special offers and continue to experience why it’s still more fun in the Philippines,” the tourism department added.
The DOT assured all preventive and precautionary measures are being put in place by the national government to contain the spread of the novel coronavirus (nCoV) including the temporary entry ban for tourists coming from China, its Special Administrative Regions (SARs), Hong Kong and Macau, Taiwan, and the 14-day quarantine for Filipinos coming from the virus-hit places.
Even before the temporary ban, the tourism sector already implemented safeguards in light of the nCoV.
Earlier, the DOT released guidelines on handling guests in tourism enterprises during this global emergency.