Published on : Saturday, February 12, 2022
The Philippines welcomed back more than 200 foreign tourists on Thursday, thereby becoming the latest Southeast Asian nation to reopen for resurrecting a struggling sector after closing its borders to visitors two years ago due to the pandemic.
Popular for its white-sand beaches and rich marine life, the Philippines witnessed a sharp drop in coronavirus cases.
Tourism officials at Manila’s airport greeted passengers visiting from countries including the United States and China to see the beaches or reunite with family and friends.
“I think it will be a good boost for tourism and the Filipino economy,” said Shawn James Stickney, 31, a Malaysian social media influencer living in Australia.
At the Walled City of Intramuros in Manila, horse carriage drivers and bike rental operators aregearing up for a steady flow of vacationers to perk up their incomes.