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PIA Press Release
2005/07/14

Political turmoil no effect on the tourism industry

Davao City (14 July) -- Davao tourism players said the current political turmoil is not affecting the industry.

Art Boncato, president of the Davao Tourism Association said it is business as usual and many tourists are still coming.

He said the ongoing Malaysia roadshow in Davao is an indicator that they are unperturbed

"But you know tourists are sensitive when it comes to destination and they want to go to places that is peaceful and stable," he said.

Travel agent A.Kamil, president of Tina Travel based in Malaysia and the president of Malaysian Inbound Tourists don't consider the current Philippine political issue as a problem in bringing Philippine and Malaysia tourists to other destinations.

He said it is a domestic problem and would settle down.

"I don't think it would affect tourism because tourists don't stop coming," he said.

Wanda Teo who chairs the National Independent Travel Agents also said that the political problem is not affecting the interests of tourists.

Mirza Mohhammed Taiyab, deputy director general of Tourism Malaysia said there is always politics in every country.

"But it is how each country practice it that makes the difference," he said.

He said the Philippines have its own style and think tourism here is not affected by the current political problem.

Mizra was among the members of the delegation that brought "Tourism Malaysia Roadshow" in Davao and led a business session yesterday (July 13) at the Marco Polo Hotel.

The business session was also joined by Ishak Ismael, regional director ASEAN 1 of Tourism Malaysia, Goh Meng Kheng, country manager, Malaysia Airlines, Wenddhi-Anne Chong, group administrative director Damansara Fertility Center.

The Philippine resource persons at the business forum were Art Balaga, Davao manager of the Philippine Airlines, Anthony Tan, senior sales manager, A'Famosa Resort, Capt. Ramil Rivera, president, South Phoenix Airways.

The business forum was capped with a travel mart where 15 Malaysia based tour operators together with 50 Davao based operators met at the lobby of the hotel for an exchange of inputs with regards to the promotion of travel destinations for Davao and Kota Kinabalo to Kuala Lumpur. (PIA/pdbanzon) [top]

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