Travel industry all set for recovery programme

Travel industry all set for recovery programme

MANILA, Philippines - International travel organisations have expressed readiness to support the Philippines in any tourism-related recovery programme for areas ravaged by the recent calamity.

In a statement posted on its website, the Pacific Asia Travel Association (Pata), also urged tourists to continue to visit Philippine destinations despite the devastation in some areas wrought by Supertyphoon "Yolanda" to help boost the country's economy.

"Pata believes that tourists booked to visit the Philippines should contact their travel agents and pay attention to government travel advisories, but continue wherever possible with plans to visit the Philippines," said Pata CEO Martin Craigs.

"The best way to help is to donate and keep traveling to boost the Philippine visitor economy," Craigs said, adding that Pata stands ready to offer additional help to the Philippines and is in contact with charitable agencies to establish additional tools for recovery.

Online appeal

A membership association committed to promote the responsible development of travel and tourism in the Asia-Pacific region, Pata has also set up an online appeal to raise funds for the Philippines.

Meanwhile, the United Nations World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO) has expressed optimism that the country's tourism will soon bounce back from the disaster.

"UNWTO is confident that despite this tragic occurrence, the tourism sector in the Philippines will continue to strive and make a key contribution to the development of the country," said UNWTO secretary-general Taleb Rifai.

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