The Philippine government on Sunday downplayed the possible adverse impact of the recent travel advisories by at least three foreign governments on the country’s target foreign tourist arrivals for this year.
Deputy Presidential Spokesperson Abigail Valte said in an interview over a state-run radio that travel warnings by other countries were not new and they were only focused on specific areas in southern Philippines and not the entire country.
“Hopefully, we reach that target… if you look at it, and if you look at the travel advisory issued by any country in particular, you would see that there are very specific areas that were mentioned and in the same way that we don’t take it against them really,” she said when asked if the travel advisories could have any adverse impact on the Philippines’ tourist arrival target.
She noted that for the first five months to May, foreign tourist arrivals hit 2.011 million. The government is eyeing 5.5 million foreign tourist arrivals by the end of this year.
“It’s not the first time that the advisory was issued, and given the numbers that we have seen, the numbers even went up,” Valte said.
With the recognition by some international travel magazines or surveys on some beautiful spots in the country, Valte expressed belief that this could help boost awareness of what the Philippines has to offer.
Canada, Australia and the United States recently issued travel warnings against their respective citizens from traveling in certain parts of Mindanao due to the problem on peace and order.