For the past three decades, Sun Cruises has expertly managed Corregidor Island tourism. Anyone who had ever planned on visiting the historic island knows that to get around with ease and comfortability, you simply have to book a tour with them and they will take care of everything. Their tours cover transportation, food, lodging, knowledgeable tour guides, and a whole lot of adventure and entertainment.
On Tuesday morning, the management team announced via a Facebook post that they have ended their operations since last month. The letter began, “It is with deepest regret that we announce the closure of Sun Cruises Inc., effective May 16, 2020.”
Sun Cruises is under Magsaysay Shipping and Logistics Group. They first started their ferry services in 1988 and in the years that followed has successfully added fast-craft ferries and put tranvia buses on the island for tourists. They have organized nature hikes, night tours, educational and historic tours, as well as overnight bookings for the Corregidor Inn or the Hostel.
The letter ends hopeful, promising future tourists that plans to make Corregidor a Tourism Zone is underway. We hope this is a temporary set back for Sun Cruises and that they will return to conduct tours on the island in the future.
The news isn’t surprising as the country battles the coronavirus pandemic. Famous tourist sites have closed their doors since March 2020 and with lockdown, community quarantine, and social distancing measures in place, it’s unlikely they will be opened to the public any time soon. The tourism sector is especially hard hit and it is still unclear when or whether Philippine tourism can get back up on its feet.
The COVID-19 crisis has caused more than 7 million Filipinos to go unemployed and forced small businesses to close. What we can do once all this blows over is to plan our vacations locally to extend helping hand to fellow Filipinos and to help boost tourism in the country.
As of June 9, there have been 22,474 cases of coronavirus in the Philippines with 1,011 deaths.
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