2GO Travel wants to become 'affordable' domestic cruise line
May 29, 2012 10:38 pm
MANILA, May 29 – 2GO Travel targets to become an affordable domestic cruise line, competing head on with domestic inter-island ferries and low cost carriers.
Stephen Rey Tagud, 2GO Travel chief commercial officer, said tourism potential was big. “Our country is an archipelago thus sea travel should be innate within us island dwellers,” he said.
With the introduction of the new Batangas-Caticlan route, 2GO Travel now sells itself as a domestic cruise line that sells a “fun and memorable experience” on-board the ship.
2GO Travel competes with airlines and other domestic inter-island ferries principally on price war. All budget airlines, including AirPhil Express, Zestair and Cebu Pacific, severely cut prices to regain market share which eat more into the shipping market.
They compete in geographic areas, which include Bacolod, Iloilo, Cebu, Tagbilaran, Dumaguete, Cagayan de Oro, Iligan, Dipolog, Ozamis, Cotabato, Davao, General Santos, Surigao, Zamboanga and Butuan.
To attract passengers to travel by sea, 2GO Travel maintains a suitable gap between the price of 2GO Travel tickets and airline fares, and provides customers with larger baggage allowance.
“Given the right price for the majority of the market, Filipinos in general, always look for new, fun and exciting destinations and ways of travel experience, taking into consideration pricing and value for money,” Tagud said.
Shipping lines compete based on reliable service to passengers in the form of safety and on-time departures and arrivals, convenience in ticket purchases, frequency of schedules, improved facilities on-board and entertainment.
2GO Travel maintains its price by offering leisure travel and entertainment on-board the vessels.
2GO Travel is now available as one of the transportation options to foreign travel websites, through myboracayguide.com, myboholguide.com and mycebuguide.com.
2GO Travel has also opened the 2GO TraveLink service for customers who opt to purchase bus or boat transfers with their ferry tickets issued in one e-ticket to provide a hassle-free and seamless transportation.
The company’s vessel fleet has a combined gross registered tonnage of approximately 204,140 metric tons, total passenger capacity of approximately 20,360 passengers and aggregate cargo capacity of approximately 6,059 twenty foot equivalent units (TEUs).
Currently, 2GO Travel calls on 18 ports namely; Manila, Bacolod, Cagayan de Oro, Cebu, Tagbilaran, Batangas, Caticlan, Dumaguete, Puerto Princessa, General Santos, Iligan, Iloilo, Ormoc, Butuan, Ozamis, Dipolog, Surigao and Zamboanga. (PNA) RMA/GVF/utb