DOT: Travel advisories won’t pull down tourism in Mindanao

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/16 Oct) — The government is confident the

travel advisories issued by the American and Australian embassies

against traveling to Mindanao following last week’s series of bombings

will not result in a decrease in the number of tourists coming in.

Sonia Garcia, director of the Department of Tourism office in

Southeastern Mindanao, said that the region does not rely on foreign

tourists, noting that only 10 percent of the area’s 600,000 annual

visitors are foreigners.

While she admitted the advisories will have effects on the tourism

industry, it is not “that much.”

Six persons died while 29 others were injured when a bomb exploded in

Makilala town in North Cotabato on Oct. 10. Just a few hours before,

four persons were also wounded in another bombing incident in Tacurong

City in Sultan Kudarat. Yet another bomb exploded in Cotabato City a

day after, but none was reported injured.

Garcia said majority of the tourists, to this city for example, are

businessmen. She noted that whatever happens, whether there is a

travel advisory or not, the businessmen will come to Davao. (To be updated)



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One response to “DOT: Travel advisories won’t pull down tourism in Mindanao”

  1. AYEZA says :

    Oh yes we will still be in Davao come December 2006.

    Still wishing and praying for Peace in the Phils, eps in MIndanao.

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