Philippine tourism officials say they stand to lose US$4.5 million monthly in cancelled bookings and charter flights from Taiwan as a result of a diplomatic row over the killing of a Taiwanese fisherman.
Most of the cancellations have hit the popular beach resort of Boracay in the central Philippines, where Taiwanese visitors are the second largest group after South Koreans. In last year, more than 90,000 Taiwanese visited the island.
The shooting death of a Taiwanese fisherman by the Philippine coastguard on May 9 has led Taiwan’s government to freeze the hiring of Filipino workers and discourage travel.
The Department of Tourism says in reports published Tuesday that at least 43 flights from May 20 to June 30 between Taiwan and Kalibo International Airport serving Boracay have been cancelled.