When former Manila mayor Lito Atienza was recently appointed as environment secretary, it drew flak from various sectors, particularly environmentalists.
Now, he is drawing flak from the tourism industry.
PhilStar has this report today:
“Atienza said he is confident that ecotourism will be a “very, very big attraction” in the country.
The DOT is targeting three million international tourists this year, but “at some point in time,” Atienza said, it is “possible” this will reach 50 million.”
50 Million? My foot!
Atienza is not only dreaming while wide awake. He is hallucinating.
We know for a fact that there is simply no way to bring in 50 million tourists with our lack of air seat capacity. With a protected local airline industry, this goal is simply unreachable.
Also, we know for a fact that when he was mayor of the country’s capital, Atienza’s brand of ecotourism is to litter the Manila Baywalk with eateries of his cronies, including tax dodgers, and converting parks into parking spaces!