The Philippines may still be in the black (severe threat) for travelers in Hong Kong, that may just exist in the Security Bureau’s website. That’s because everyone is open to defy the so-called advice. A prominent placement in The Standard’s ads section is the “More Fun in the Philippines” campaign of the Department of Tourism along with package tours to Bohol, Palawan, Boracay and other wonderful attractions.
Hong Kong defines “black” travel warning as severe threat that comes after the unfortunate outcome of the hostage-taking incident on August 23, 2010 that killed several Hong Kong tourists.
Serious hostage-taking incident happened in Manila on 23 August 2010, residents should avoid all travel to the country; those who are already there should attend to personal safety and exercise caution.
Can’t blame the government for exercising caution to its residents, but does that mean we will restrict people from making travel plans, at their own risk?
Paired with Syria, a country often mentioned in global headlines, the Philippines gets an unfair category. A red warning (significant threat) would have been more realistic. But what ratio of the population checks the Security Bureau’s website before making travel plans anyway?