Despite the US Embassy’s recent travel alert to avoid Palawan, specifically Puerto Princesa’s Undeground River, the world-famous destination is still fully-booked today, said Park Superintendent Elizabeth Maclang in an interview with Palawan News.
Maclang said there is no significant effect yet concerning the US travel advisory.
“Hindi pa natin nararamdaman sa ngayon. Fully-booked nga kami ngayon, bukas naman ilang slot na lang ang available,” she said.
Maclang said that there have been cancellations nonetheless, including a tour of 30 students from the Philippine Military Academy Mabalasik Class of 2019. There are also at least three guests of local travel agencies who cancelled there tours.
“Pero hindi naman nakaapekto kasi mayroong mga walk-in, so napupuno pa din,” she added.
She, however, admitted that there might be effects in the next coming weeks, although these may be attributed too to the approaching lean season, and not directly to the US travel alert.
Maclang explained that during peak season, they accomodate around 1,200 guests per day, and not less than 700 guests during low-season.
“Parang wala na nga kami low-season eh,” she said.
City Tourism Officer Aileen Cynthia Amurao, on the other hand, said that there is an undeniable effect in the local tourism industry, but clarified that it remains tolerable.
Presently, all tourism-related establishments in Puerto Princesa are running normally, albeit with heightened security measures.
Amurao added that their office has been receiving inquiries if Puerto Princesa remains safe for tourists, and she said it’s still a good sign of people’s interests.