The Travel Industry is among the hardest hit by the Covid-19 pandemic globally. In the Philippines, a tropical country where tourism plays a huge role in the country’s economic development, contributing as much as a quarter percent in the GDP (according to a recent study), this poised a huge setback.
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This negative impact caused this major economic hurdle and greatly affected livelihoods at the grassroots level. Because behind every tourist destination is a community or even a family business that relies heavily on tourists for their means of living.
Though the road to recovery seems a bit staggering, all hope is not lost.
Tourism’s Recovery Plan
In a news statement, Tourism Secretary Bernadette Romulo Puyat said, “The dismal figures reflect the gargantuan challenge that the DOT and the entire tourism industry is faced today. This compels us to explore all means possible, within the imposed government restrictions, to facilitate the gradual recovery of the tourism industry.”
This comes after the Philippine Statistics Authority reported that the Tourism Direct Gross Value Added (TDGVA) falling to P973.31 billion last year, from P2.51 trillion in 2019. This is only 5.4 percent of the industry’s contribution to the country’s gross domestic product (GDP), a steep decline from the 12.8 percent in 2019.
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However, in a recent article from Business Mirror, “the DOT pins hopes of a recovery in the tourism sector on domestic travel with many overseas source markets still closed, and the Philippines’s own travel restrictions, meant to contain the spread of Covid-19.
For the next two years, the DOT chief stressed, the Philippines will be positioned as a “safe, fun, and competitive destination rooted in strong partnerships with communities and visitors. This will be achieved by developing and marketing a portfolio of products that harness the natural and cultural endowments to benefit the present and future tourism generation.”
Next Big Travel Trend: Budget Trips
Let’s face it - as much as we want to travel and get that much-needed getaway after being on lockdown for so long, our funds are very limited especially since most of us are steeling reeling from the effects of Covid-19 in our finances. That’s why budget trips are going to be big on the travel industry in the next few years.
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Having a budget doesn’t necessarily make you a cheap person nor do your adventures be a cheap experience. There are plenty of ways to travel wisely, making your trip that much worthwhile and exciting.
You can say that budget trips can also be called smart traveling, which could also be a great and sustainable way of traveling.
A great way to start this is by traveling domestically. If you haven’t gone around the Philippines yet, then this would be a great time to do so.
Our country is filled with plenty of places to visit and explore. From beaches to mountains, historical towns to cultural hubs, you won’t run out of adventure. Plus, by doing so, you are contributing to the growth and development of the province as well as, helping with their economic development.
This, of course, should be done following all health and safety measures imposed by the National Government and respective LGUs you wish to visit soon.
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