Tourism in Region 6 was affected due to Taiwan-Philippine conflict.
During the press conference held yesterday, June 14, 2013 at Boracay Regency Convention Hall, Regional Director of DOT Region 6, Atty. Helen J. Catalbas reported that lot of resorts here in Boracay particularly Taiwanese Dependents were affected due to cancellation of bookings especially group tourist Taiwanese.
Catalbas showed the data wherein Taiwanese tourists ranked second in the overall tourist arrivals.
Based on the data, there were a total of 93,500 Taiwanese went to Aklan last 2012.
However, this declines due to the ongoing conflict between Taiwan and Philippines.
This is in regards to the shooting incidents that happened on Balintang Channel, wherein one of the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) shot the Taiwanese fisherman. And also on the added dispute of west Philippine Sea.
The Taiwanese government came out with a policy that any Taiwanese travel agencies that will promote and accept tour packages are to be penalized and fined.
With this, Department of Tourism will focus to market the tourism on different countries.
Contributed By: Kate Danice Panaligan