How the Philippines lost out on a poor traveler
Posted by Polygon on February 17, 2018 09:04:20 Many of the places where the Philippines is located, including its islands, can be found in the World Heritage List.
And as the Philippines was one of the first nations to be designated a “poor traveler” country, there are plenty of stories to tell about what went wrong.
But while there are some compelling stories about how the Philippines failed to fulfill its promise to its citizens, there’s another story about the people of the country who were truly grateful for a trip to Japan.
The Philippines was the only Asian country to be given the designation of a “Poor Traveler” country.
The designation came from the World Tourism Organization, which said that the Philippines’ “low levels of travel” and its lack of economic opportunities made it unsuitable for tourists.
It was considered a good way to help the Philippines improve its international image and reputation.
But many Filipinos and their allies took issue with the designation.
The Philippines had an “unusual” history of poor tourism, said Dr. Andrew Chua, a visiting fellow at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace in Washington.
The country was a small country at the time, so many Filipinas never even heard of the term “poor traveller.”
Instead, the term came up more frequently as a way to describe poor travelers, especially during the Korean War, when the Philippines hosted American troops.
“The Philippines was a very small country, so it’s not surprising that people would use it to describe the people they did not know,” Chua told Polygon.
Chua also pointed to another incident that caused many Filipina to feel ashamed of their nation.
In 1952, when Philippines was still part of the Republic of China, a typhoon hit the country, killing more than 1,000 people.
The Philippine government claimed that the typhoon had been caused by a typhoid epidemic, and that it had been deliberately caused by the US government to justify a military blockade of China.
“So many Filipinians had this sense of shame and guilt that they felt like this was the country that had deliberately caused this disaster,” Chusua said.
A lack of infrastructure and a lack of public transportation are two major problems that led to the typhoid pandemic, according to Chua.
After the typhoo, the Philippines struggled to find public transportation to visit important destinations.
When the US declared martial law in 1965, the country had to find a way around the blockade to allow people to travel, said Chua; the Philippines needed to build a railway network and expand its airport to allow the country to move its population out of the capital.
At first, the government had to build roadways to the mainland.
It also needed to open up public transportation.
But the road system was plagued by corruption, and the construction of the railways was slow.
Eventually, the railways were rebuilt and opened up to public transportation, which allowed more people to access the country.
But the Philippines did not always make it easy for people to reach the country’s most important cities.
In 1968, the Philippine government was forced to abandon a plan to build the world’s first air-based communication system in the country because of corruption, Chua said, and so the country was left without a functioning airport.
“This is one of those places that really needed a massive public investment and public transportation,” he said.
“But the government didn’t want to spend money on infrastructure.”
Even though the Philippines has become one of Asia’s top tourism destinations, many Filipines feel that the country does not have a good image, Chusu said.
It does not make the headlines when people travel to the country for a vacation, and it does not attract many tourists to visit its major tourist destinations.
The lack of the “poor tourist” designation has not stopped many Filipino from traveling to Japan for the sake of a visit to their hometowns, like Taguig City in the southern Philippines.
Japanese tourists are not just flocking to the Philippines to visit their hometown, but also to visit the country as a tourist destination, Chunggu said, because they feel a connection to the island nation.
There is an expectation that when a tourist lands in a city, they will feel closer to the people, Chu said; they will have a better understanding of the city.
As the Philippines struggles to find ways to improve its image, it may be time to rethink its designation, Chuesa said.
A lot of people are starting to realize that this is a mistake, he said, but he also thinks that the Filipino people have the right to ask the government to reconsider its designation.