The Department of Tourism (DOT) has warned travelers against the proliferation of bogus or fake travel agents that offer “too-good-to-be-true” tour packages online, taking advantage of the massive influx of tourists and visitors in Siargao Island.
Ma. Ana T. Nuguid, regional director of the Department of Tourism (DOT) in Caraga, said the public must be extra careful in choosing tour agencies to avoid being scammed by tour agencies that advertise “too-good-to-be-true” tour packages on social media.
“The DOT is strongly against bogus agents and we are informing the general public, especially our tourists, both foreign and domestic to be extra careful,” Nuguid said .
Nuguid pointed out that with the help of the internet, people have been given the convenience of checking great deals on travel tours which also opens the risk of being victimized by fake travel agencies .
She said travelers can gauge the authenticity of travel agencies by checking their tourism quality seal, warning any DOT-accredited travel agency found involved in illegal activities would immediately be stripped of their accreditation.
As such, Nuguid advised all foreign and local travelers to follow WISE, which stands for W– Work out your travel plans; I– Identify travel agencies; S– See tourism quality seal; and – Engage accredited service providers only, to avoid problems that might ruin their holiday. By CLC