The new law might punish pushy distributors and hawkers

A brand new law might make it unlawful for trike drivers, viagra sellers and different service suppliers to pester tourists.

House Bill 1828, or the proposed Anti-Harassment of Tourists Act, has been filed by Quezon City Representative Alfred Vargas.

“The tourism industry is vital in our economic development as it has contributed 7.8 per cent to the country’s domestic product,” he stated.

“Thus, not only does tourism help spread our heritage, but it also supports the grassroots economy, advances work creation and increases the consumption of local produce.”

Vargas stated he had acquired stories of tourists being bullied by native distributors and repair suppliers to make them purchase their merchandise or use their providers.

He stated this causes guests to be “traumatised” and unlikely to return to the Philippines.

The invoice states: “It shall be unlawful for a person to repeatedly and aggressively solicit business from tourists who have already expressed their desire not to be bothered by solicitations.”

If enacted, the law would direct the Department of Tourism (DOT) to coordinate with native authorities to present coaching for distributors and repair suppliers on “responsible marketing practices”.

Traders discovered contravening the brand new law could be given a warning for the primary offence, after which fined 500 pesos for subsequent infractions.

Data from the DOT present complete of 532,757 tourists visited the nation in May alone, a rise of almost 20 per cent on the identical month final 12 months.

“Generally speaking, the world holds the Philippines in high regard,  from our world-class destinations and wonderful tourists attractions  to the warmth and hospitality of Filipinos,” Mr Vargas stated.

Source: philippineslifestyle

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