Philippine Tourism Declines by 12% Due to Security Reasons

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The Philippines is losing its attraction to tourists this year due to security reasons, based on the annual data performance of an international travel agency. The data was based on all their customers from various countries around the world going to Southeast Asia, including Singapore, Thailand and the Philippines.

According to Pacific Haven Travel Agency, Inc., the country has lost 12% of its tourists from 24,565 to 21, 617 for the past year. The cut-off period is from November to October of the succeeding year, with the tourists mostly coming from South Korea, US and Japan.

The recent result reveals that Singapore is still the leading tourist destination in the region, followed by the Philippines, Thailand, Brunei and Malaysia. But despite the fact that the country is ranked second, the travel agency noted that its number of tourists has been gradually declining since 2011.

Pacific Haven, which started to included Philippines in their destination back in 2006, emphasized that the country has receiving poor comments from tourists once they get back home. While the respondents still want to visit Philippines again, they are reluctant primarily because of security issues.

“While Boracay and Palawan remain as two of the most favorite tourist spots in Asia, tourists are not totally satisfied with the security provided to them as they land at the NAIA (Ninoy Aquino International Airport).” A statement reads on the official website of Pacific Haven Travel Agency, Inc.

“They see on local news TV the petty crimes that are happening everyday, considering that there are security cameras are already almost everywhere. Not to mention of course the heavy traffic on major highways in Manila which is truly a nightmare for them.” The travel agency added, noting that their data does not represent the entire tourist travel industry.

On the other hand, the country’s Department of Tourism said that that there was an increase of 2.72% of tourist arrivals in 2014 as compared to last year, from 3,180,903 to 3,267,542. The cut-off period is from January to August, which has the highest growth so far, at 6.27%.

The said government agency, with its slogan “It’s More Fun in the Philippines,” also mentions South Korea, US and Japan as the top three contributors of tourist in the country. An estimated Php 144.4 billion has been generated from the tourists who arrived from January to August 2014, the agency said.

Meanwhile, Interior and Local Government Secretary (DILG) Secretary Manuel Roxas II has appointed new police district directors in the National Capital Region (NCR). The affected districts are Quezon City Police District (QCPD), Manila Police District (MPD), Southern Police District (SPD), and Northern Police District (NPD).

”This is part of the intensified campaign for anti-criminality in NCR. Over the last three months, 14 station commanders of the 38 police stations in NCR have been relieved and replaced by the PNP.” Secretary Roxas said in a statement.

The reshuffle was made last month as recommended by National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) chief, Police Director Carmelo Valmoria, as endorsed by Philippine National Police (PNP) chief, Police Director General Alan Purisima.

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