How to Identify Fake Travel Agencies - DOT

Davao City, Philippines - Traveling helps an individual to find a happy place for relaxation and to escape from a busy long day working habit. It also a way to try something new and discover something different.

Since summer vacation has already started, many travel agencies have posted different tour packages and promos via internet especially through social media. Fake travel agencies are also riding on it, so be sure your travel agency is legitimate and not be a victim of a counterfeit activity.

The Department of Tourism urged the people to more aware of this instances and better be informed of the ways on how to identify fake travel agencies.

As what Undersecretary for Tourism Regulation, Coordination and Resource Generation (TRCRG) Alma Rita Jimenez introduced the reminder “WISE” as a standard for validating the authenticity of a travel agency:

W- Work out your Travel plans;
I - Identify your tour/travel agencies;
        S - See if they are accredited;
E - Engaged only those verified.

DOT recommends the travelers to visit their website to check and verify if the travel agency is accredited and the legitimacy of a travel agent.

Jimenez also reminds the public to be more apprehensive about the tour packages that are very cheap, as she said “ Tandaan lang ng mga tao kung masyadong mura, baka naman sila talaga ay mapapamura dahil naloloko lng tlaga sila sa mga paketa nag anon.”

She also emphasize that the travelers should compare the prices of the tour packages with other recognized online booking sites such as Agoda. Lastly she also advised to pay via credit cards or paypal as a mode of payment as it is considered more “secure” rather than bank deposit payment system avoid questionable malpractice.

Sources : PNA / PIA / DOT