Philippines to mount ‘nationwide sale’ with virus safeguards: tourism chief



The Philippines will hold its first ever nationwide shopping mall sale in March, seeking to lure local and foreign tourists, and with measures to prevent the spread of a new coronavirus strain, Tourism Secretary Bernadette Romulo-Puyat said Tuesday.

It will be the Philippines’ version of other countries’ “great sale” wherein people fly in just to shop. Shopping malls across Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao will participate in the month-long retail event, Puyat told ANC’s Headstart.

“We actually planned this months ago but we decided to continue it for the whole month of March,” Puyat said.

Puyat said participating malls would implement all measures required by the Department of Health to prevent the spread of COVID-19. She said shoppers who don’t feel well should refrain from joining the sale.

China is the Philippines second largest source of foreign tourist arrivals after South Korea, according to DOT data.


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