Guangdong-Laoag chartered flight to resume at Laoag airport

June 10, 2015 5:54 am 

LAOAG CITY, June 8 — Chinese tourists are likely to be visible again in this northern gateway of Luzon following the resumption of chartered flights carrying passengers from Guandong, China to Laoag starting this week.

Carrying 156 confirmed passengers, the maiden flight of China Eastern Airlines on June 13 is a welcome development for the local tourism industry, said Ma. Milagros Gonzales, provincial director of the Department of Tourism Laoag sub-office on Monday.

Initiated by the Guandong International Travel Group, Gonzales said the DOT is now preparing an airport grand reception and welcome dinner at the Fort Ilocandia Resort and Casino for Guangdong tourists to attract more charterers to Laoag City.

Beginning June 13, chartered flights from Guangdong to Laoag and vice versa will be on a twice weekly basis.

With the resumption of chartered flights from Guandong to Laoag, Gonzales expressed optimism that more and more tourists will come to the Philippines, particularly Laoag and Ilocos Norte, and see for themselves that indeed, “it’s more fun to be in Ilocos.”

Guangdong, China is one of the closest neighbors of the Philippines in northern part of Luzon. Most Chinese tourists come here to play casino or golf at the Malacanang of the North aside from visiting various tourism destinations here.

In previous years, the Laoag International Airport used to serve Chinese and Taiwanese tourists on chartered flights from Guangdong and Guangzhou, China and Kaoshung, Taiwan but due to the issuance of black travel alert to the Philippines caused by 2010 Manila hostage crises, the arrival of foreign tourists particularly Chinese, Korean and Taiwanese tourists in Laoag City significantly declined over the years. (PNA)

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