The Palawan provincial government expressed confidence that there will be minimum impact on local tourism when Boracay re-opens on October 26.
“Tingin namin ay mababawan ang mga turista pero hindi naman ito kino-consider na sobrang makaka-apekto sa ating tourism industry. In fact, kung ano ang mayroon sa Boracay ay mayroon din naman tayo. Makakaapekto man, very minimal lang,” Dominic Fresnillo, administrative officer of the Public Information Office told Palawan News.
Fresnillo said visitor arrivals will be affected but it will be minimal.
He said Palawan has never stopped implementing promotional tourism events with the increase in visitor arrivals after Boracay was closed.
Earlier, the local office of the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) said the number of flights into the Puerto Princesa City International Airport (PPCIA) almost doubled from 20 to 32 flights when Boracay closed.
However, Joel Paderes branch manager of Philippine Airlines (PAL) in Puerto Princesa City said they already noticed a decline in passenger arrivals as soon as reports that Boracay will re-open on October 26.
Paderes cited the “significant decrease” in the number of passengers traveling from South Korea to Palawan.
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