As most of you know, Typhoon Haiyan slammed into the Philippines two weeks ago. While we won’t get into the “weather stats” of the storm, many experts say that Hurricanes Katrina and Sandy pale in comparison.
Some of the islands are still clearing up and working towards a rebuild, but the costs are heavy, both financially and psychologically. Some of the challenges they face are as simple as keeping everyone fed and watered with a job to return to. But a bigger more sustainable challenge remains to keep travelers coming. Despite the actually very fine conditions on some islands, the Philippians as a whole has seen massive cancellations already, and unfortunately the media’s portrayal of the Philippines and the government warnings against travel which come with that, means the islands are in danger of having to lay off staff that are no longer needed in a battle to survive. Tourism is a major factor for the Philippine economy, providing work for a large percent of the population.
How can you help? Spread the word that the Philippines are open for business, tourism and most importantly, diving! We’re hearing that most all of the 2,000 inhabited islands are up and running. Ninoy Aquino International Airport, one of the countries primary international airports was virtually unaffected and flights remain active and on time, ensuring travel to and from the Philippines.
Here is a nice article we stumbled upon that gives some updates on some of the most popular tourist areas like Boracay, Palawan, Amanpulo, Cebu, Bohol and Luzon. Article > Aftermath of the Storm
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