PGMA’s Russia visit bolsters drive to entice Russian tourists to RP

June 7, 2009 9:17 am 

ST. PETERSBURG, Russia, June 6 -– Press Secretary Cerge Remonde said Friday (June 5) the visit here of President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo has opened a big window of opportunity for the Philippines to attract tourists to the country.

Remonde said that among the key objectives of the President’s foreign visits is to promote Philippine tourism, adding that for the Russians the Philippines is the most popular tourist destination in Asia.

Remonde made the remark after the signing Thursday of two parallel agreements: one between the governments of St. Petersburg and Cebu province, and the other between the Cebu Chamber of Commerce and Industry (CCCI) and the St. Petersburg Chamber of Commerce and Industry (SPCCI) at the Smolny-Historic St. Petersburg City Hall.

The first “test of the pudding” will come in August this year when 300 Russian tourists, are expected to arrive in Cebu.

Ed F. Limtingco, vice president for membership of the CCCI, announced the forthcoming Cebu visit of the Russian tourists after the signing of the agreement between the SPCCI and the CCCI at Smolny-Historic City Hall.

Limtingco signed the agreement for the CCCI in behalf of Vice Consul Samuel L. Chioson, CCCI president.

The SPCCI-CCCI calls for the “strengthening and development of cultural ties, facilitating information exchange and study of the history, culture and traditions, of the peoples of the Russian Federation and the Republic of the Philippines.”

It added that on the “basis of mutual respect of national traditions the parties shall organize festivals, days of national culture and other joint events, provide assistance to cooperation between economic entities.”

The agreement specifies that the two chambers “shall facilitate the development of mutually beneficial tourist activity and support the establishment and development of business ties between economies entities operating in the sphere of tourism and tourist and exhibition activities.”

Remonde said that the government of St. Petersburg has cited the Philippines as the most favorable destination for Russian tourists,

Similarly, the Agreement on Friendship and Cooperation between the governments of St. Petersburg and Cebu province calls for the facilitation of the “development of mutually beneficial tourist activity and support the establishment and development of business ties between economic entities operating in the sphere of tourism and tourist and exhibition activities."

In the economic field, the St. Petersburg-Cebu province accord, both parties agreed to “promote the development of effective forms of joint industrial and commercial activities. . . create favorable conditions for the development of comprehensive linkages of the economic activities.” (PNA) scs/OPS/rsm

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