Tourism in the Philippines: When will it be safe again?
As Coronavirus continues to wreak havoc across the world, the impact is being felt particularly keenly in countries that rely on tourism to bolster their economies.
With many planes grounded around the globe, there are some early suggestions that international travel will be opened up, with ‘air bridges’ allowing quarantine-free travel between some European nations.
The Philippines is another country that relies heavily on tourism, but Covid-19 remains a significant issue in the country, which is back on a tightly enforced lockdown after a recent lifting on restrictions saw infections rise steeply.
The daily infection rate remains high in the country, leading to further hesitance to open up the country again, with the recent relaxing of lockdown measures having appeared to have had a negative impact and a vaccine yet to be found.
Are the same issues found across the region?
Neighbouring countries Vietnam and Indonesia have had vastly contrasting successes in battling the virus.
Vietnam recorded fewer than 30 cases of Covid-19 through June and has been open to tourists since April, with a surge in flights across the country seen.
Indonesia, with a similar geography to the Philippines, has recently decided to reopen its national parks, with tourism even more vital to its economy.