Does the Hostage Crisis Affects Really the Tourism Industry in the Philippines?

@Sphinx30 (286)
Philippines
August 24, 2010 8:48pm CST
What happens to the Philippines last August 23 was a tragic incident. This incident derives the greatest impact to the tourism industry of the Philippines. In Fact, there are few tourists cancelled their bookings and different countries issued travel advisory to their nationals not to come or avoid the Philippines. what if you were one of the tourist who is planning to take vacations, would you still consider the Philippines as part of your destinations? or you might cancelled it and take some other country where you can enjoy everything without worrying your security? Does it really affects you? or take it as nothing would happen because it's just an isolated incident?
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@bloemart (222)
• Philippines
25 Aug 10
of course, nobody likes this thing would happen. The world only see a little part of the Philippines. Philippines has almost got 1107 islands, but Manila only one of those. I don't think that this thing also happens in other part of the country. So why do other people think that all places in the Philippines are like this. Well anyway, we can't blame them. They just want to have security. I know things will be alright, at the right time. the only thing that I really loath is that those innocent Filipino Worker in HK was mistreated too. Actually, I am planning to go to Hong Kong next month to go to Disneyland but I am afraid to go their. I don't want to be mistreated because of vengeance.
• Philippines
25 Aug 10
i think "yes" many of the tourist scared of staying here for to long and not to mention were in the black list in honkong, tourism play a big role in our economy, many tourist from other countries brought livelihood for our kababayan and because of the indecent last august 23? it was the slap in the face in our tourism. but i know it wont take long and everything will be back the way it was!!! I'm sure that our government will be more dedicated to promote our tourism and our security. so far right now lets pray for those innocent soul and our sympathy for their families and love ones, and lets pray also for the security of our kababayan in hongkong!
• United States
25 Aug 10
It was an isolated incident and its an unusual case, and a stupid move by the hostage taker. I guess it may affect the tourism just a few weeks but people have a very low attention span because in the next week or so newer news will come out and then take over people's attention and forget about it. That's what I think. I would still go to the Philippines if it was one of the planned destinations because it is still a tourist destination and the incident was very small and is very unlikely to happen again since it's stupid.
@Sphinx30 (286)
• Philippines
25 Aug 10
Well, i agree with that! it's only an isolated case and people out there should not worry about it.
• Philippines
25 Aug 10
hi there sphinx! i guess so. if i were in their position, i'd rather not to go to philippines anymore. the hostage taking was a life treat for everyone especially for tourists. i will understand if none of the tourists wants to come back to philippines. but still i am hoping things will change and get better for the next months. i wish other countries will still give philippines a chance. besides some tourists still like philippines scenery and still consider it as a beautiful place to visit. they even said that they would encourage their friends to visit our country when they get home. anyway no one wants this to happen. it just did. i'll just pray for the souls of the 8 hongkong nationals. it was tragic and i pray it would never happen again. happy mylotting!
@Sphinx30 (286)
• Philippines
25 Aug 10
Well of course, they might afraid to come here, that's might be their first reactions.but they should also consider that their is no perfect place, everything could happen whether we like it or not.
@akopoaysi (740)
• Philippines
25 Aug 10
oh yes it really does. man hk nationals are visiting our country every year and since they are not allowed to go here due to black alert this would be affected. yesterday, i watched cnn and they really said that our tourism are highly affected due to the hostage crisis. look if you were a foreigner who booked a vacation here in the philippines, after what happened would you still go or not? or just change your destination?
@Sphinx30 (286)
• Philippines
25 Aug 10
Maybe not..because it's an isolated case.
@JOIEMARVIC (2342)
• Philippines
25 Aug 10
I guess we can't do anything about it right now. Let us just pray for the victims and hope that one day, this issue will just be a part of the past. This incident will also test our new President. What will he do to uplift the country's name,reputation,tourism and the Filipino spirit. Other countries may have worse scenarios compared to this incident, but nonetheless, people were killed,families are grieving.Let us all pray for them.
@Sphinx30 (286)
• Philippines
25 Aug 10
Definitely yes! there are certain countries have worse scenarios compared to that incident. The best thing we can do now is to pray for the souls of all those victims.
@TheAdvocate (2395)
• Philippines
25 Aug 10
Events like the one that happened last Monday will have an impact in the tourism industry mostly in the immediate future. After a few weeks, tourists will realize that it was an isolated incident and will slowly come back.
@kristeena (358)
• Philippines
25 Aug 10
Our tourism industry is greatly affected by this incident. According to some airlines officers, there are more tourists that are going out of the country and only few are coming in. But if I am one of the tourists who have bookings in the Philippines, I will still continue my vacation because Filipinos are the most friendly and accommodating people here on earth. What happened in Manila was just an isolated incident. There's nothing you can do if it's really your time no matter where you are.
@mods196621 (3631)
• Philippines
25 Aug 10
If i know that the country is safe and no the terrorism happened i dont have to worry. I still include this place for y lists if vacation. The incident is happened when there were no knows it will goin to happen. Go for tourism! Everything was okay and fine..
@Cutie18f (9563)
• Philippines
25 Aug 10
Of course, it will greatly affect our tourism industry. A lot of bookings had been cancelled and this will greatly impact our economy if this will continue. I do not know what to do in order to restore the trust of visitors. Our country is such a shame. We must do something to clean its tarnished image as a result of that hostage cr*p.
@rsa101 (14904)
• Quezon City, Philippines
25 Aug 10
Well of course it will be affected since the main victims in here were all foreign tourists so if your were in their position you would definitely will postpone indefinitely your plans to visit here. I think that is just normal procedure that each country would advice their citizen to refrain from traveling where they feel they may endanger themselves. The effects of this will be in the coming days or months and not as of this time.