Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, September 10) – The national government should focus on helping tourism-related establishments that are not among the country’s main tourist destinations, but also attracting mainly foreign travelers, a tourism expert said.
“The immediate priority for emergency response (is concerned) should be those outside of international destinations,” said Ramon Alampay, director of the tourism research and extension services division of the UP Asian Institute of Tourism. .
In an interview with CNN Philippines’ The Exchange, Alampay noted that a “vast majority” of affected businesses are located outside major tourist locations, adding that these small businesses and their workers are the “most vulnerable.”
The UP AIT professor also underlined the importance of relaunching tourist efforts at local attractions.
“I think the key is really to have our national destinations, the regional destinations open to national and regional users,” Alampay said.
He also cited the role of scaling up COVID-19 vaccination and tourist site safety to help restore confidence to travelers.
The tourism ministry said it is currently inoculating tourism workers in a bid to protect them as well as travelers.
Tourism is one of the sectors most affected by the global health crisis, with governments closing borders and declaring mobility restrictions. The share of industry in national economic output fell to 5.4% in 2020 due to the pandemic, falling by more than 61%.