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How Philippine Resorts Are Coping in The Aftermath of The Storm

Where: Philippines
November 21, 2013 at 11:06 PM | by | Comments (0)

In the aftermath of Haiyan, the category five typhoon that hit the country almost two weeks ago, tourism officials in the Philippines have been urging visitors to return. Tourism is, after all, a major contributor to the Philippine economy, providing work for more than 10 percent of the population.

We received the following updates about the status of resorts in some of the most popular tourist areas:

Boracay
Most resorts, such as Shangri-la's Boracay Resort & Spa, Boracay Regency, Fridays, Discovery Shores, Asya Premier,and The District are running on power generators. There is a good water supply on the island, and communications are adequate. Flights and ferries are now operating on normal schedules.

Palawan
Coron Island has been left with quite a lot of damage, especially in the town where structures have collapsed and many roads are impassable, leaving some tourists stranded for a couple of days. Philippine Airlines and Cebu Pacific have resumed their flights into and out of Busuanga airport. Two Seasons and Asia Grand View both reported minimal damage. Club Paradise did sustain damages and has stopped operating to undergo repair work until 30 November. Busuanga Bay Lodge, however, is fully operational with no damage at all.

The northern part of the mainland of Palawan was also affected. The town of El Nido, as well as the resort properties have sustained only minimal damage: El Nido Pangulasian, Miniloc and Lagen are all fully operational with electricity, water supply and proper communications. ITI Flights are also running on regular schedule.

Amanpulo

The exclusive island-resort of Amanpulo is undergoing a clean-up and is currently closed until 25th of November.

Cebu

Some parts of Cebu, the northern part especially, and particularly Bantayan Island and Malapascua, were badly hit. There is no communication on the island, and hence, we have no report of the actual situation there. Malapascua Island Resort sustained minimal damage, but many residents have lost their homes. Alegre Beach Resort, also situated on the northern part, has temporarily closed to do repair work on their cabanas.

Bohol and Luzon
Bohol was spared and so regular tourism is carrying on as normal. Luzon, where Manila, Banaue, Tagaytay, etc ... are situated, is practically unscathed.

[Photo: Facebook/Busuanga Bay Lodge]

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