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President Aquino pitches Philippine tourism to WEF delegates, organizers PDF Print E-mail

MANILA, May 23 (PNA) -- President Benigno S. Aquino III invited delegates attending the World Economic Forum on East Asia (WEF-EA) to visit the country's tourist spots and enjoy the Filipino hospitality.

"Tonight’s dinner gives us a chance to set aside our focus on the potential of the future to enjoy the present," the President told the delegates during the welcome dinner soirée held at the Philippine International Convention Center (PICC) on Thursday.

"Some of you here are likely already good friends, while others are still getting to know each other," he said, enjoining everyone to have a good time and prove to himself or herself that it is indeed more fun in the Philippines.

He said he was informed that WEF founder and executive chairman, Professor Klaus Schwab, spent a few days in one of the country’s most famous tourist destinations, the island resort of Amanpulo in Palawan.

"I am glad that you found another reason to return to the country—and that, as it appears, you have not missed out on all the fun that our country has to offer," the President told Professor Schwab.

"Of course, this includes the warm and friendly nature of the Filipinos you have met recently."

He encouraged Schwab to extend his stay, or return to the Philippines many more times in the future, so that he can explore the rest of the cultural and historical attractions, beaches, and even diving sites in the Philippines.

"This invitation goes out to everyone here as well, and tonight’s gathering will be a good start in that endeavor," he said.

President Aquino, together with other ASEAN leaders, addressed the delegates at the opening of the 23rd WEF-EA at the Shangri-la Hotel in Makati City on Thursday afternoon.

In his message, the President highlighted the country's economic successes as a result of the current reforms being initiated by his administration. (PNA)
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