The PH's tourism industry will recover this 2022 - DOT chief

The PH's tourism industry will recover this 2022 - DOT chief

The pandemic has put the world to a halt. Governments from across the globe implemented restrictions to curb the rising infections. However, besides being stuck inside our homes, it significantly affected various sectors, such as the travel industry. But, this 2022, the road to recovery can now be seen.

Department of Tourism Secretary Bernadette Romulo-Puyat said in an interview with Dobol B TV that she is optimistic that this year, the hard-hit tourism sector will bounce back from the impact of COVID-19.

She also stated that tourism stakeholders were actually waiting for the Philippines to open its borders.

When Puyat was asked if the tourism industry would recover this year, she replied with confidence, "When you talk about tourism, yes."

Last week, the country started to accept foreign tourists; Puyat said this means that we are finally going back to normal.

As of Tuesday, she said a total of 10,676 foreign travelers arrived since February 10. Around 45% of the arrivals are balikbayans.

The foreigners came from the US, Canada, Australia, the UK, South Korea, Germany, and Japan.

For leisure, the DOT chief said the occupancy rate in hotels is now at 29%.

In Joseph Morong's report on 24 Oras, Puyat said that tourism stakeholders are offering affordable rates as the country opens up to "entice the visitors."

Puyat noted that the DOT wants simplified travel requirements for both foreign and domestic tourists.

"Gusto lang nga namin [We just want] fully vaccinated and minimum health and safety protocols," she said.

"I also remind our LGUs, sila rin naman ang  nakiusap na magbukas tayo [they are the ones who urged that we open up] for foreigners and for tourists, so they should also help us make it simpler," she added.

According to the Philippine Statistics Authority data, tourism's contribution to the economy significantly dropped to P873 billion in 2020 compared to P2.507 trillion in 2019.

In April, the Philippines will host the global summit of the World Travel and Tourism Council.

(GMA Network)


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