Guangdong Nanhu International Travel Service in partnership with the Phl Tourism Office (PTO) launched recently its new chartered flight program from Guangzhou to Kalibo-KLO (gateway to the world-famous Boracay Island) in a media briefing and consumer promo held at the Dongfang Hotel in Guangzhou last June 29.

The launching event was led by Consul General Raly Tejada and Consul Judy Robianes of the Phl Consulate General in Guangzhou, Messrs. Arnold Zhou (Outbound Division Vice General Manager) and Harry Huang (Outbound Division General Manager) of Nanhu Int’l Travel, and Tourism Attache Gerry Panga of the PTO Shanghai.

The chartered flight program is running twice weekly on Airbus 320 of Cebu Pacific, one of the top budget carriers in Asia. The maiden flight, which ran on July 12, was joined by a select group of media representatives, and foreign dignitaries led by Consul General Tejada.

Apart from the regular and reactivated direct flight service to Kalibo (Boracay) from Shanghai, Beijing, Chongqing, Hangzhou, Wenzhou, Nanjing and Ningbo, several new routes are also opened out of Xiamen and Fuzhou.

In a related development, Huatian Travel is set to mount also its special summer chartered flight program from Changsha to Cebu on July 16 utilizing a 436-seater Airbus on Cebu Pacific.

 

The Phl Tourism Office (PTO) is partnering with Shanghai Morning Post to stage the 2014 Global Carnival, an inter-mall consumer promo to be held at the Shanghai’s top shopping malls every weekend starting on July 25 until August 31. Other select destinations and high-profile tourist service facilities are also joining to push their respective tour offerings for the summer season, with media support from the Shanghai Morning Post, Shanghai Weekly and Shanghai Tencent.Com.

The PTO is collaborating with partner agents and airlines (Cebu Pacific, Air Asia Zest and Philippine Airlines) for the promo event which will feature travel display, video presentation, musical performances, distribution of various best-value tour products, and interactive consumer promotions with lots of giveaways and other surprises.

Schedule of activities:
July. 25-27 353 Square along Nanjing Walk
Aug. 02-03 Shanghai Expo Garden – The River Mall
Aug. 16-17 Wanda Plaza, Yangpou District
Aug. 30-31 New World Shopping Mall along Nanjing Walk

PTO will have its next winter travel campaign mall promo in late November to early December to be staged tentatively at the Longemont-Cloud 9 Mall in Changning District,and Global Harbor Mall in Putuo District.


           (Excerpt from report of DOT Media & Communications Service)

The Department of Tourism (DOT) sees strong interest from international cruise lines increasing their ports of call and expanding visits to more islands in the country.

Speaking before guests and industry stakeholders during the Philippine Cruise Industry Workshop held last week at the Makati Shangri-la, Tourism Minister Ramon R. Jimenez, Jr. said that cruise arrivals in the Philippines grew by 48 percent in the last two years since 2011 amounting close to 20,000 in 2013. And while the country’s cruise infrastructure is being developed, international cruise lines calling in the country have increased substantially, with 16 cruise vessels last year from just 10 in 2011.

“We are expecting some 18 cruise ships this year that should bring in more than 20,000 tourists. Our country’s proximity to major cruise source markets like China, Japan, and Hong Kong positions us at a competitive and comparative advantage in the Asia-Pacific region. This should give industry stakeholders greater prospects and our local communities new jobs and opportunities,” the tourism chief added.

Minister Jimenez believes that what is now considered a niche market will see an increase in demand in the years ahead. “Preparation is absolutely essential. And that is what this workshop precisely calls for—to formulate a national cruise development plan that will chart the Philippines’ role in the cruising business in Southeast Asia,” he further explained.

Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) organized this cruise workshop in collaboration with the DOT, as a result of initial talks on the sidelines of the recently concluded ASEAN Tourism Ministers Meeting held in Kuching, Malaysia early this year. CLIA Southeast Asia Manager Kevin Leong enumerated the next steps and top priorities outlined by cruise industry stakeholders during the workshop, which included the need to streamline entry requirements and address passenger mobility, convenient, hassle-free, and seamless tourist experience of cruise travelers without compromising security; develop and expand port infrastructure; and implement a strategic cruise itinerary planning.

The CLIA has initially identified five to six ports in the country, which will play a major role in harnessing infrastructure investment that would address the increasing demand for cruise tourism in the country and the development of waterfront activities. Carnival Corporation Vice President for Market Development William Harber and Royal Carribean International Vice President for Commercial Operations John Tercek, both CLIA members, shared their expertise during the workshop. The two cruise companies account for almost 80 percent of the total cruise business globally. Both see great prospects for the Philippines to becoming a major cruise hub once ports are improved and more tourism products and activites are developed. Prior to the workshop, CLIA members have already made the rounds and inspected the ports of Manila, Cebu, Puerto Princesa, Caticlan, and Subic, where they also met with respective local port authorities.

The DOT and CLIA both commit to cooperate in developing the Philippine cruise industry. The DOT has identified in its National Tourism Development Plan (NTDP) cruise tourism as one of the product portfolio that the Philippines has competitive and comparative advantage in the Asia Pacific region, highlighting the country as an ideal playground for many cruise activities, from cultural to nature and adventure destinations. “The most important cruise experience in the Philippines is definitely meeting and befriending the Filipino people who are eager to share various facets of living life to the fullest - one of the reasons why it’s more fun in the Philippines,” Minister Jimenez concluded.

Contact Person:
EVELYN ALCARAZ-MACAYAYONG
Meida & Communication Service
(0632) 459-5200 to 30, local 510
eamacayayong@tourism.gov.ph

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Sales trip to Guangzhou (June 12-14)