Orola invites Japanese to visit Bacolod

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Tuesday, February 5, 2013


BACOLOD City Administrator John Orola in a recent visit to Japan met with the tourism officials of Osaka and Tokyo and discussed the possible visit of Japanese tourists to Bacolod City as jump-off point to various areas in Negros Occidental.

Orola said since the economy of Japan is already recovering after it was badly hit by tsunami, now is the time to convince the Japanese market to consider visiting Bacolod and the province.

However, Orola said he will still follow up the installation of the Customs Immigration Quarantine (CIQ) at the Bacolod Silay Airport. There was already an instruction from President Noynoy Aquino to various concerned agencies to establish the CIQ centers in seven airports in the country.

This is very important because no chartered flights can be allowed to land at the Bacolod Silay Airport without those CIQ facilities, said Orola who cited that, last month, only two out of nine chartered flights from Korea were allowed to land at the airport because of the lack of CIQ facilities.

Some of the international carriers will not fly in and out of the domestic airport if the CIQ has not properly met.

Korean tour organizers were already informed that, once the CIQ center is established, they will again consider Bacolod in their list.

Orola stressed that Bacolod is the jump-off point to tourist destinations in the province. There is a need to develop facilities and infrastructures with international attractions. It is a matter of how we promote Bacolod to get the people interested to come here, he said.

Published in the Sun.Star Bacolod newspaper on February 05, 2013.

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