Tourism office asked to support a Disneyland plan in Clark

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Saturday, April 21, 2012


ANGELES CITY – Representative Carmelo “Tarzan” Lazatin (1st district, Pampanga) has sought the support of the Department of Tourism (DOT) for his plan to set up a Disneyland theme park inside the Clark Freeport.

“This endeavor, if successful, would bring in more visitors to the country and make the Philippines as one of the best, if not the best, tourist destinations in the world,” Lazatin said in his letter to DOT Secretary Ramon Jimenez.

Lazatin was referring to his request to Walt Disney to consider Clark as the next destination of the world-famous entertainment site.

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Lazatin said a Disneyland at Clark Freeport would help boost the number of visitors in the country and strengthen the tourism department’s campaign to increase government revenue through tourism.

Recently, Jimenez launched “It’s More Fun in the Philippines”, the Aquino government’s new tourism slogan and program aimed at increasing the number of tourist arrivals in the country.

In his letter, Lazatin also informed Jimenez that he wrote Thomas Staggs, Walt Disney Parks and Resorts chairman, presenting Clark Freeport Zone as a viable location for a Disneyland theme park.

“In my letter, I informed the leadership of Walt Disney that Clark Freeport Zone is an ideal site for a Disneyland theme park with its 4,400 hectare main zone and 27,600-hectare subzone,” Lazatin said.

Lazatin informed the Walt Disney management that Clark can be an attractive destination for Disneyland theme park because of the tax-free privileges given to locators.

“In addition, I notified them that Clark Freeport Zone also has its own world-class airport and hotels which can accommodate the influx of foreign and local tourists,” Lazatin’s told Jimenez.

At present, Walt Disney has theme parks in Hong Kong and Tokyo.

Lazatin, at the same time, extended Jimenez his congratulations on the success and achievements the DOT has been reaping since taking the reins of the department.

“Allow me to congratulate you on the success and achievements that the Department of Tourism has been reaping under your leadership, especially the “It’s More Fun in the Philippines” campaign which has attracted millions of tourists to the Filipino since its inception,” Lazatin said.

Published in the Sun.Star Pampanga newspaper on April 21, 2012.

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