Independent travelers fill up void left by China travel ban

October 16, 2014 5:19 am 

ILOILO CITY, Oct. 15 -– Department of Tourism (DOT) Regional Director Helen Catalbas said world famous Boracay island barely suffered from the Chinese travel ban issued September because of foreign independent travelers fill the void.

Catalbas said that although the travel ban caused cancellations by Chinese group tours during the first two weeks, these were taken over by the other foreign tourists like Koreans, Taiwanese, Russians, Singaporeans, Malaysians and even Chinese.

”Boracay’s market is varied. Seventy-five percent of tourists arrivals are domestic with only 25 percent foreign market. Predominantly, the island has Filipino visitors and other nationalities not only Chinese,” the DOT official contended.

She added that the DOT recommendations to tourism stakeholders, hotel and resort owners in Boracay such as giving of discounts and other perks to their visitors proved effective and attract other tourists to visit Boracay.(PNA)

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