26 Aug '11, 10am

Philippines' tourism still suffers from hostage crisis

Philippines' tourism still suffers from hostage crisis

MANILA: The Philippines' tourism industry has lost an estimated US$12 million in revenue after Hong Kong issued a black travel alert to the Philippines, right after a bungled hostage rescue last year that led to the deaths of eight of its nationals. Under Hong Kong's Outbound Travel Alert System, Hong Kong residents are advised to avoid all travel to the Philippines, including Syria, due to the severe threat in these countries. The black alert prevented Hong Kong travel agents from selling package tours to the Philippines. However, tourist arrivals in the Philippines reached an all time high of 3.52 million last year despite the bus hijacking incident. Benito Bengzon, assistant secretary for International Tourism Promotions, Department of Tourism, said: "Compared to the same figure in 2010, we're down 21 per cent. "The decrease can be attributed largely to the black travel...

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