center_img Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “Next year we will see a lot of the APEC (Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation) groups from different countries coming here to check on the facilities in preparation for the APEC Summit that will open late next year,” Manguilimotan said.Islands Group president and chief executive officer Jay Aldeguer said the year 2013 was “anti climactic” for the tourism industry but the factors that fueled growth in 2013 are still expected to trigger the same growth for 2014, such as the “open skies” policy.FEATURED STORIESNEWSINFOSenate to probe Tolentino’s ‘novel legal theories’ on oral agreementsNEWSINFOLocsin wants to drop ‘visas upon arrival’ privilegeNEWSINFOIndian coffee magnate’s body found by river“The year started out very promising with airlines, both international and domestic taking aggressive moves to stimulate further travel to and within the Philippines. Target figures for tourist arrivals were on track and even exceeded for domestic travel. But the recent wave of calamities in the Visayas region, where tourism is strongest, has slowed down travel to these areas,” he said.“Foreign airline players are now trying to compete directly with local players. The talks of upgrade in the FAA (Federal Aviation Administration) rating has also spurred more interest in the tourism industry in the Philippines. The upgrade would allow airlines from the country to expand and mount additional flights to the US and other international destinations. Also very encouraging are the added international flights by the local carriers. PAL has recently launched more flights to Australia and the UK while Cebu Pacific has launched their flights to the Middle East,” he added. Baybayin revival makes native PH history hip PH protests Chinese boat swarm, warship passage She added that full bookings is not only observed in their property but in several other properties in the city as well.InfrastructureInfrastructure projects are also expected to fuel more tourism activities.“The year 2014 looks promising. Just yesterday, one of the most high profile PPP (public-private partnership) projects of the government, the bidding of the Mactan International Airport has been deemed successful and was participated not only by the top conglomerates of the country but also by top international airport operators. This is indicative that we are on our way to promising years for travel in the Philippines. The passing of travel related policies and the serious plans to improve infrastructure all point to better years ahead,” Aldeguer said.The most urgent need for the tourism industry to grow, he said, is infrastructure development like airports.Read Next Locsin wants to drop ‘visas upon arrival’ privilege Tourism in Central Visayas may have suffered a huge blow in the fourth quarter of 2013 but stakeholders see a lot of promise in 2014 for the region’s major revenue generating industry.Hotel Resort and Restaurant Association of Cebu (HRRAC) president Cenelyn Manguilimotan believes that the October 15 earthquake and the November 8 supertyphoon are mere temporary setbacks.ADVERTISEMENT View commentslast_img

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