Agree. I have been around ASEAN and the Philippines really stands out on the "expensive hotels and food" relative to ASEAN countries. This has been happening the past 2 (or 3?) decades. I think the build up of several 1 to 2 star hotels and hostels and also the 4 and 5 star hotels this past several years will address this "pricing" issue and hopefully we will gradually experience more competitive rates in the next 5 years. Also, when the benefits of the current infrastructure build up (BBB) will be felt, hopefully, it will also help reduce mobility cost. Again, in the meantime, tiis tiis muna, just like the airport situation. We will get there eventually.Expensive accommodations aren’t really good for tourism. I’ve heard many stories of people opting for other Asian countries because their accommodations are substantially cheaper despite being of better quality hno:
I have no idea why this is the case, that accommodations are more expensive and yet inferior in quality than even more advanced economies with higher incomes.