Puyat: International Travel Less Likely To Happen This Year

Puyat: International Travel Less Likely To Happen This Year

INTERNATIONAL TRAVEL – DOT Secretary Bernadette Romulo-Puyat said that due to the COVID-19 crisis, international travel is less likely to happen.

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This would mean that Filipinos might wanna call off their travel plans for now, according to an article from GMA News.

Puyat added that even if the ECQ has been lifted, certain LGUs will not open their areas to visitors from another places yet.

“Travel will not revert to normal right away. Even if the ECQ has been lifted, some LGUs will not yet be open to visitors from other places and international travel might not yet happen within the year pending the travel restrictions of other nations,”

“At this point in time, traveling is just but a dream,”

She added that the tourism industry in the nation is having the worst effect of the viral crisis, especially considering the economical impact.

The DOT secretary added that the imposing of travel bans and quarantine protocol globally resulted in the abrupt negative impacts on tourism stakeholders ranging from micro to medium enterprises.

The department estimated that foreign arrivals for the months January to March this year was only up to 1.3 million, 40.2% lower compared to last year’s number of arrivals.

As per the report, revenues from foreign arrivals from the same period this year also decreased to ₱79.8 billion compared to last year’s ₱134.3 billion.

“For the first few months, we might be limited to creating offers for promoting places that are only a few hours drive away from where the target consumer resides,”

“All of these are being studied and evaluated by the DOT and our private stakeholder partners with regular coordination with the IATF,”

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