You don’t need to be a nuclear scientist to know that if you want rich, decent, spending tourists to come to the Philippines, make sure they have a comfortable, pleasant experience and not a disgusting one.
Therefore, all that tourism budget spent on joining trade fairs abroad, bringing archaic Bayanhiyan dancers, and planning all sorts of ad campaigns are all worthless, if the tourist comes here and finds our toilets disgusting, with no flush, no toilet paper, and everything gross you can imagine.
Philippines losing $40 million to poor sanitation, dirty toilets Bea Cupin/KBK, GMA News
Think your lunch is the biggest possible loss after visiting a dirty and unkempt public toilet? Think again.
According to a 2008 study by the Economic of Sanitation Initiative (ESI), a project under the World Bank’s Water and Sanitation Program, the Philippines losses over P77.8 billion annually due to poor sanitation.
While most of the losses are felt in the health sector, a percentage of the losses is also felt in the country’s tourism sector.
According to ESI, “the total number of tourists choosing a country for their holiday is partially related to the general sanitary conditions of the country.” One of these factors include the presence of toilets that offer comfort and privacy in hotels, restaurants and bus stations.
ESI estimated tourism losses at around $40 million in their report. In a report on GMA News’ “State of the Nation Address,” Steve Dailisan traveled through parts of the North Luzon Expressway and reported that many of the expressway’s toilets are in varying degrees of disarray—from the absence of running water, soap and tissue paper, to a general lack of upkeep and maintenance.
The ESI reported that while most developing countries reported double-digit growth in tourism, the Philippines’ performance from 1994-2004 only grew by an average annual rate of 5 percent. A decline in tourist expenditures was also reported in the same time period.
Recently, the country’s toilets made it to the headlines after a travel website listed the Ninoy Aquino International Airport as the worst airport in Asia, due in part to the airport’s filthy toilets. Source
This Easter Sunday only, take your kids to Pepper Lunch to dine and receive an egg that contain surprises, some of which include Pepper Money and Toys R’ Us gift certificates!
As an added treat at Pepper Lunch Shangri-La, diners get a free shot at a photo booth specially set up just for Easter.
Pepper Lunch, the original from Japan, is located at Rockwell, Shangri-La Plaza, Greenbelt 5 and Alabang Town Center (Corte de las Palmas).
Trust me, you’re gonna need more help than just toilet paper and soap.
I am really scared of their definition of renovation, and I’m already dreading the Php 6,000 toilet bowls and short faucets.
Airport officials promise good toilets in 2 months
By DJ Yap
MANILA, Philippines—Stung by criticism, officials at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport have promised that all toilets in the old terminal building will be clean and have running water, toilet paper and soap within two to three months.
Manila International Airport Authority general manager Jose Angel Honrado said the agency has imposed that deadline upon itself to renovate all toilets in the NAIA terminal, which recently was listed among the world’s worst airports by a travel Web site.
“What we can promise to our traveling public is that within two to three months all our toilets will be fully equipped with toilet paper and soap,” Honrado said in an interview last week.
He said MIAA has been renovating lavatories in Terminal 1, and has finished work on seven to eight sets of male and female rest rooms out of 17.
On the other hand, the lavatories in Terminal 2 and 3, being in good condition, have no need of renovation, Honrado said.
The Web site, The Guide to Sleeping in Airports, ranked the Manila airports, particularly the NAIA Terminal 1, the fifth worst in the world and No. 1 in Asia for 2010, behind two French airports, including the Paris Charles De Gaulle, and the Los Angeles and Moscow airports.
Some of the complaints raised about the NAIA terminal involved its “filthy toilets,” as well as not enough seats and officials asking for bribes.
Reacting to the NAIA’s ranking, Honrado said he respected the opinion of the reviewers but invited them to visit the terminal again and see the improvements.
He also noted that the website was geared toward budget travelers who slept in airports to save on lodging. Honrado said Terminal 1 could not accommodate airport sleepers, given the space limitations. Source
Raining in Hong Kong today. We were planning to take the kids on the ferry, go to the other side to buy toys and Nike shoes and have the air removed from Marky’s basketball. They also want to eat Filipino food (read: KFC).
Last night we went downstairs to take a look at the pool area.
Ben and Markus love
Not too shabby.
Dropped by Ana‘s room upstairs where she and deniece and denephews were having a Good Friday picnic
Bless this mess.
Seriously, I love these kids, but I hope they leave a tip for the chambermaid!