The Positive Impact of Tourism in the Philippines
I was surfing around and found someone named “bala” from the Top10TravelSite.com who quipped this question: “What good practices from a cultural perspective being undertaken by organizations within the tourism and travel industry?”
One of the best answers I read from an “Anonymous” person read:
Gosh….I’ve written a whole thesis on this issue. But here it is in brief:
- Reasonable foreign currency income for the state;
- Slight development of tourism infrastructure;
- Marginal increase in employment levels in industries related to the travel sector: hospitality, travel agencies and tour operators, transportation, etc.;
- Sustainance of domestic airlines, charters and to some extent, shipping, to some degree.
- Better awareness in the Philippines of foreign cultures and traditions, needs of tourists etc.
- Sex tourism, with aged foreigners flocking to the country seeking young women as partners. Others come to indulge in pedophile activities;
- Negligence of environmental considerations in some cases by both foreign nationals and Filipinos;
- The government hurries to attract foreign tourists without the existence of a proper tourism infrastructure;
- Due to the negative image of the Philippines as a corrupt nation, visitors believe they can escape justice easily by bribing law enforcement authorities.
There are many (other positive and negative) points but these would require at least a day to list and detail.