Ilocanos welcome Chinese tourists

June 16, 2015 10:52 am 

LAOAG CITY, June 15 –Amid territorial dispute between china and the Philippines, Chinese tourists flock at the Laoag International Airport Saturday as the Guangzhou-Laoag chartered flight is back.

Carrying more than a hundred passengers, the inaugural flight of the 156-seater china Eastern Airlines touched down at the Laoag airport at about 11:30 am on June 13.

As Ilocano dancers and drummers welcomed passengers in a festive grand airport welcome reception, Ma. Milagros Gonzales, provincial director of the Department of Tourism Laoag sub-office, said the resumption of chartered flights here will certainly boost the local tourism industry.

Initiated by the Guangdong International Travel Group, Chinese tourists are likely to be visible again in this northern part of Luzon to visit Ilocos Norte’s cinematic landscapes and various tourism destinations as they will be billeted at the Fort Ilocandia Resort and Casino to play golf and casino.

With the recent improvement and expansion of the Laoag airport, the DOT hopes to attract more charterers to Laoag City.

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

The LIA used to receive Chinese and Taiwanese tourists on regular chartered flights from Guangzhou and Kaoshiung, Taiwan.

Over the years, however, the number of chartered flights and the arrival of Chinese, Taiwanese and Korean tourists in Laoag declined.

In 2010, direct flights from Hong Kong to Laoag were canceled following the hostage-taking at Luneta Park in Manila that left eight Hong Kong tourists dead.(PNA)

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