Ollie Quiniquini, Manila  (2007-05-14)

ROOM and air seat shortages and arbitrary payment policies are arresting the growth of Japanese inbound to the Philippines.

Department of Tourism (DoT) Team Japan head, Mr Benito Bengzon, said: "I..." />
 
Monday . June 17 . 2019
         
 
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Drop in Japanese inbound to the Philippines
 
Ollie Quiniquini, Manila  (2007-05-14)

ROOM and air seat shortages and arbitrary payment policies are arresting the growth of Japanese inbound to the Philippines.

Department of Tourism (DoT) Team Japan head, Mr Benito Bengzon, said: "It is increasingly difficult for Japanese to get rooms and bookings. Philippine Airlines has also removed its allotment to Japanese agents, making it more difficult for them to put together packages." Four airlines ply Japan-Philippine routes just 66 times a week.

Japanese tour operators' 45 to 60-day credit policy has also made resorts prioritise other markets. "Local handlers have to cough up payments in advance so they can book rooms for the Japanese market. Even JATA realises the need for changes in the ways they do business."

While acknowledging airlines' and hotels' prerogative to make business decisions, Mr Bengzon urged them to achieve an optimum balance since their profitability came at the expense of headcount.

Once the Philippines' top source market, Japan now ranks third, as arrivals dropped by 11 per cent in January and February. The slowdown is also attributed to continued terrorism threats, stronger foreign currencies, and disposable incomes shifting towards new consumer items. The DoT is tapping independent ladies in their 20s and 30s, seniors, and divers.

 
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