Hostage tragedy affects Ilocos Norte tourism

Posted at 08/27/10 12:23 AM

LAOAG CITY, Philippines – The effects of the August 23 hostage tragedy in Manila are now being felt in other parts of the country.

Ilocos Norte, which is a favourite destination for local and foreign visitors, is among areas in the country that are reportedly experiencing a tourism downturn. 

The Hong Kong Express Airways informed the Laoag International Airport (LIA) on Thursday that it is cancelling all flights heading to the province’s primary foreign gateway.

A Hong Kong Express plane arrived the same day to fetch 160 Chinese tourists who visited the northern Philippines. 

It could be the airline company’s last flight to the Laoag airport until country’s image abroad improves, reports said. 

A day after the bloody hostage drama, the Hong Kong government issued a "black" travel alert on the Philippines. 

It advised all its nationals to refrain from visiting the Philippines because of the incident.

Meanwhile, a passenger aircraft from Taiwan landed at the Laoag airport Thursday afternoon. 

LIA management said no other airline has announced flight cancellations. - from a report by Mark Magdirila, ABS-CBN News Laoag