The Philippines Department of Tourism explains why your travel matters to them.
With over 7100 islands and more than 15,500 kilometers, you are never more than two hours away from a beach-side lounger. Lonely Planet calls us, ‘among the most ebullient and easy going people anywhere’ and with a fiesta every day of the year our optimism is highly contagious.
Wherever you choose to go in the Philippines, it’s the Filipinos that will make your holiday unforgettable. Forbes.com ranked us the friendliest country in Asia – eight in the world! Just listen to what the locals say here
Why Your Travel Matters
Last year the tragedy of Typhoon Haiyan rendered more than 650,000 people homeless and over 6000 people lost their lives.
A total of 14 million people were affected, six million workers lost their sources of income and 30,000 boats were destroyed.
The United Nations launched an international aid appeal in December for $788m ( £480m) to finance the humanitarian relief effort for 2014, but the cost of rebuilding the country is estimated to be far higher.
We are enormously grateful to the support we have received, but one of the negative results of the widespread coverage of the disaster was the perception that the whole country was out of bounds for tourism. In fact ninety-seven per cent of the country was unaffected.
In a country where tourism accounts for 8% of the GDP and 2.9m jobs, almost 8% of the total workforce, this is a potentially devastating misconception. The recovery of the tourism industry is vital to our economic recovery so one of the best ways you can help is by visiting the Philippines and enjoying the wonderful welcome we can offer.
We are a nation who seizes the opportunity and turns sadness into celebration. Just look at our most widely used and affordable form of transport, the jeepney. The jeepneys came into existence at the end of WW2 when the US military left them to the enterprising locals who refurbished them for public transport. Today they serve as a symbol of our country’s culture, each a unique moving art gallery.
With your help and help from partners like Expedia.co.uk, Newsworks and Habitat For Humanity, we can rebuild stronger and better than ever.
For every flight and hotel trip that you book to the Philippines for 7 nights or more from now until the 31st of December, Expedia will donate £100 to Habitat for Humanity GB (registered charity number 1043641) to help rebuild homes, schools and livelihoods. So all you need to do is enjoy a holiday with us.
Find out more about the work of Habitat for Humanity in the Philippines.