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Tourism players in Palawan to promote air linkages in Malaysia PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 24 October 2007

EAGA-INTER MODAL TRANSPORT LINKAGES  (click to enlarge / Source: bimp-eaga.org)PUERTO PRINCESA -Tourism stakeholders in this city and Palawan will fly to Malaysia to promote air linkages towards enhancement trade, investment, tourism and cultural exchange between two countries.

City Tourism Council (CTC) president Felisa Torres said tourism players from this city and Palawan will travel up to Nov. 5, 2007 to Kota Kinabalu and Kuching in Sarawak, both from Malaysia aimed to expand air linkages between Puerto Princesa-Kota Kinabalu route. The travel started Oct. 1.

”We are hopeful that there are investors who could help us to have flight from Puerto Princesa-Kota Kinabalu route and vice versa”, Torres told the Philippines News Agency.

She said they will also attend 3rd B sectors of the Brunei Darussalam-Indonesia-Malaysia-the Philippines East ASEAN Growth Area (BIMP-EAGA) Travel Exchange from Nov. 1 to 5.

Kuching will host the travel exchange where it features travel, trade and investment, food, fashion, arts and craft, among others.

Torres is optimistic that Layang-Layang airline and other regional airliners will undertake air services to said route.

During its meeting early this year here, BIMP-EAGA leaders agreed to have a direct flight between this city and four member countries will increase air traffic and trade linkages.

They approved the granting of Fifth Freedom Traffic Rights that legalizes the facilitation of passengers and cargo services in the airports of Manado and Tarakan in Indonesia; Labuan and Miri in Malaysia; and Puerto Princesa, Palawan and General Santos in the Philippines.

Torres said tourism stakeholders are now ready to discuss with the domestic airliners in the region to interact and familiarize them with the opportunities in the growth area.

She also cited that President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo earlier declared tax holiday on tourists and businessmen coming from member countries in an effort to boost the tourism industry of Mindanao and Palawan.

BIMP-EAGA represents Asia's largest regional grouping, comprising of four ASEAN countries.

It is also regarded as the fastest growing economic zone in the region considering the vast economic advancement achieved in recent years. (PNA)

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