By Aira Genesa Magdayao
PUERTO PRINCESA CITY, Palawan – The coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) has also taken its toll on the Palawan tourism sector, according to Palawan Governor Jose Alvarez.
During the Pakimanan ta si Gob media forum on Friday, Alvarez said that there were many flights to the province that have been canceled as a preventive measures against the possible entry and spread of the virus in the country.
He said that the virus has affected the economy of the province, although he has yet to receive data on this.
“It (COVID-19) is really affecting the tourism sector of Palawan, including the malls, airlines, and hotels considering that there were many canceled flights,” Alvarez said.
He said Palawan’s tourist arrivals reached two million in 2019, and expected that this could drastically decrease this year.
“We have reached over a million tourists, and we are already expecting a decline of number this year [due to COVID-19],” he said.