Sun Cruises Inc. bids goodbye as pandemic devastates PH tourism industry
MANILA, Philippines – A company which provides cruise and tour services to Corregidor Island has officially closed down as the distancing and stay-at-home protocols due to the COVID-19 pandemic have affected tourism-related industries.
A post on Sun Cruises Inc.’s Facebook page on Tuesday showed a digital copy of the closure notice — which was set last May 16 — ending a more than three-decades service to people who wanted to visit the historic area.
“It is with deepest regret that we announce the closure of Sun Cruises Inc. (SCI), effective May 16, 2020. We wish to convey our warmest thanks for all the support and patronage you have shared with us all these years,” Sun Cruises said.
“We will forever treasure the fond memories of each tour and each voyage you and your families entrusted with us for so many years,” they added.
Sun Cruises meanwhile assured customers who have already made advanced bookings and those who have already paid in advance, whether fully or partially, that they are working a way to refund the payments.
“Allow us more time to process the release of funds as we are currently working with a limited workforce. For your refund queries, you may reach us through +63.2.8465.8840, +63.998.968.3256, or e-mail [email protected],” they said.
Corregidor, an island at the entrance of Manila Bay, holds historical significance to the country as it was considered as one of the areas where Filipino soldiers held a gallant stand against Japanese invasion during the Second World War.
Several material remnants of the war, including canyons, tunnels, abandoned hospitals, and tunnels and bunkers can be seen at the island. It has been a known tourist spot for both local and foreigners, including students going on historical field trips.
As the COVID-19 pandemic forced class and work suspensions, along with travel and gathering restrictions, several establishments took a hit including those involved in tourism.
Travel agencies led by the Philippine Travel Agencies Association (PTAA) also asked the national government for assistance as early as April, when enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) over Luzon was underway and was due for an extension.
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