06 November 2014

Tourism expo geared to spark inclusive NorthPhil development

An expo slated at the SM City Clark on November 14-16 is being promoted for international and local tourism and infrastructure investments that are seen to bring about widespread development in North Philippines (NorthPhil).

Spotlighted are the region’s coast-to-coast infrastructure development potential for trade and tourism spanning the shores along the West Philippine Sea and the eastern seaboard facing the Pacific and the thin strip of mainland Luzon, particularly its waistline between Lingayen Gulf and Baler Bay, both with seaports, and benefiting all socioeconomic sectors regionwide.

Further up north in La Union alone are the seaport and international airport in San Fernando, and down south in Subic are similar facilities linked to Clark in Pampanga, all connected by arterial roads like NLEX and SCTEX that branch out to various parts of North Philippines and its mall of tourism attractions, many are yet to be discovered and developed.

“Such are the potential investment destinations that the ongoing promotion of the NorthPhil (North Philippines) Expo is incidentally highlighting, thus making it cover both sides of the demand and supply chain at both ends of the market spectrum,” said Central Luzon Director Ronnie P. Tiotuico of the Department of Tourism (DOT).

“In effect, the DOT finds itself pushing both product development and promotion with a single masterstroke through the NorthPhil Expo, which is seen to leapfrog tourism growth in the North at double-digit rates,” Tiotuico added, hinting at combined foreign and domestic visitor arrivals of up to three million or so in less than a couple of years with Clark’s impending development into a premier international airport of world-class caliber.

Domestic visitor arrivals in Central Luzon alone have already reached a total of two million in 2012 based on statistics from commercial establishments in the region’s seven provinces and two Freeport zones (Clark and Subic).

Most of the arrivals were attributed to the Clark International Airport and its fast growing number of passengers at 60,000 monthly and still counting. (Manila Bulletin via Yahoo Philippine News)