Philippines named as 'Best Tourist Destination' for Chinese

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Saturday, January 12, 2013


THE Philippines won one of the “Best Tourist Destination” awards at the 2012 Oriental Morning Post’s annual World Travel – Special Trips Awards, the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) said Saturday.

The award was based on a consumer survey done by the Oriental Morning Post, one of the top news dailies in Shanghai. Other winning countries in the category were Ireland, Korea, Singapore and Finland, and Dubai in the United Arab Emirates.

"The award supports the consumers' renewed confidence in the Philippines, which remains to be a popular and sought-after destination among Chinese tourists," the DFA said.

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The awarding ceremony was held last Wednesday and Consul General Charles Jose accepted the award for the Philippines.

To cater to the ever-growing number of Chinese tourists traveling to the Philippines, DFA cited that Airphil Express reactivated its Shanghai-Kalibo charters on November 30 last year; Zest Air on January 10; and Cebu Pacific launched its maiden chartered flight from Shanghai to Kalibo on Friday.

Other chartered flights will be opened in time for the Chinese New Year holidays covering several routes: Beijing-Kalibo (January 15), Hangzhou-Kalibo (January 17), Guangzhou-Cebu (January 17), Chengdu-Kalibo (February 5), and Shanghai-Cebu (February 8).

By the second and third quarters of 2013 (summer season, and Chinese National Day holiday), chartered flights out of Wenzhou, Hangzhou, Nanjing, Wuhan, Chongqing and Xiamen will also be opened.

The Philippines is able to maintain its strong presence in the Chinese market through aggressive promotion and strategic partnerships with local media, the DFA said. (SDR/Sunnex)

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