ABS-CBNNews.com's Cathy Rose Garcia reports that the Philippines is bound to lose 40,000 to 50,000 Taiwanese tourists in the next six months after Taiwanese tour agencies recently cancelled nearly all tour packages to the country.
The report quoted Tourism Undersecretary Daniel G. Corpuz as saying that "practically all charter flights emanating from Taiwan initiated by PAL, Zest Air, Mandarin Airlines and Far East Airlines have all been cancelled." The cancelled flights from Taiwan, he added, were group packages involving "roughly around 9,500 tourists."
Corpuz said that the cancellations occurred after the Taiwanese government "came out with some kind of a policy that any Taiwanese travel agency that will promote and accept tour packages are to be penalized and fined." The report noted that Taiwan’s latest policy came at the heels of its imposition of sanctions on the Philippines over the death of a Taiwanese fisherman near Batanes island.
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