Philippines working hard to revive its tourism industry

Published on : Monday, January 6, 2014

3-people-72-magnitude-quake-Tuesday-300x300Philippines have suffered huge losses in tourism after the earthquake last year. Tourism happens to be a major industry for the Philippines and it is doing its best to get back in the industry by recovering for the damage that it has undergone.

Bohol, one of the most severely impacted areas, is a popular tourist destination, thanks to its beautiful beaches and resorts. The island is also home to one of the world’s top ten diving destinations and houses natural wonders such as the chocolate hills.

However, the earthquake has led to a major setback for locals as their important source of livelihood has been severely impacted. The impact on tourism is seen across the country, which gives livelihood to nearly 3.8 million people in Philippines. Now post-earthquake, people are banking on this very industry to revive and lead the country and people out of the recent disaster.

Philippines had been struck with an earthquake of magnitude 7.2 on the 15th of Oct, 2013. The earthquake hit the central region of Philippines, early in the morning on a religious holiday. The earthquake had the epicenter about 620 km from Manila, near the Bohol Island, and it was placed 20 km below the surface.

The earthquake resulted in significant destruction, especially in the Bohol province. More than 200 people died in the natural disaster. The earthquake has affected an estimated 2.9 million people in the region. More than 50,000 houses have been severely destroyed or damaged. Around 350,000 people have been displaced by the disaster and the rebuilding efforts are on the way to bring things back to normal.

Damage of the infrastructure has been significant, especially in Bohol and Cebu Islands. The earthquake has resulted in destruction of bridges, roads, schools, hospitals, churches, government buildings, a port terminal, an airport tower and several residences. The degree of destruction has left the country shaken and it will take quite a while before things are restored to normal.

The earthquake has mostly affected people. Normal life was completely disrupted and damage to schools, hospitals and roads has not allowed the life to return to normal as yet. People are still living in temporary shelters and rehabilitation centers. The greatest impact has been on their livelihood, which has directly affected tourism. The government is working towards normalcy and hopefully Philippines will see a revival in 2014.

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