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Blog - 8 Questions & 8 Answers on the Philippines, Typhoon and Tourism
A recent typhoon called Haiyan (locally named Yolanda) hit the Philippines on November, 2013. Media coverage was very high and we don’t need to repeat about its tragic effects and numbers.
Yet, despite generalizations, we have to remember that the Philippines is a diverse country, made of 7,107 islands and 100 million inhabitants. Only a small part of it was heavily affected!
All the main tourist attractions were not affected by the typhoon and they are ready to be visited. There is absolutely no problem to visit the Philippines with its amazing beaches, its crystal-clear sea, its rice terraces, its special flora and fauna and so on.
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1. Was the whole Philippines destroyed by the Super typhoon Haiyan?
No. Only part of provinces of Samar and Leyte (see map below), especially the city of Tacloban, were severely damaged.
2. Were those affected areas top tourist destinations?
3. Is the rest of the country’s tourism still operational?
Yes. All the rest of the archipelago is business as usual.
4. Will my Philippines trip be affected because of the past typhoon?
No. There are a lot of other Philippine destinations to choose from.
5. But, I always see on TV and the Internet photos of destruction and struggle. Shall I still push with my holiday plans in the Philippines?
Yes. As we said, the impressive images you see on TV are fortunately limited to some areas.
6. Are you telling us it is all OK just to get customers?
No. We don’t have any interest in taking tourists around the country if we are not able to provide the same high level of services as before. We actually are very able.
7. Isn’t it offensive to go on a holiday after all these typhoon catastrophe?
No. On the contrary, you will even support the Philippine economy and its tourism by doing so. Tourism continues to be one of the major contributors to the Philippine economy, playing a significant role for local communities, creating jobs and making a living for a great number of families.
8. Should I choose the Philippines as my next holiday destination?
Yes. The Philippines has got thousands and thousands of island destinations to choose from, each unique from another. The great majority of touristic products are available, whether one is looking for a beach vacation, historical trip, gastronomic tour, or one of the many other possible travel opportunities. You can check our website: www.tropicalexperiencephilippines.com.
(written on December 2013)
(written on January 2014)