CIAC, HARP work to improve tourism

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Friday, May 16, 2014


ANGELES CITY -- The Clark International Airport Corporation (CIAC) and the Hotels and Restaurants Association of Pampanga (HARP) is working to improve tourism in Pampanga and other parts of Central Luzon.

On Wednesday, officials of the two entities signed a Memorandum of Agreement that will grant discounts and incentives to arriving passengers at the Clark International Airport.

CIAC President and CEO Victor Jose I. Luciano and HARP President Mitchi Kaye T. Otsuru signed the agreement during the HARP’s 4th General Membership Meeting and Business Matching Activity held at the Century Hotel in Angeles City.

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Luciano said the agreement will give privileges to arriving passengers at select restaurants and hotels in the area.

Luciano expressed his gratitude to the HARP members for their continued support to the development of Clark airport, which is host to international and domestic flights.

The flights effectively bring in more tourists to the Clark Freeport and tourists destinations in Luzon.

“Clark will not succeed without HARP,” said Luciano. “We will continue to attract airlines and tourists.”

For her part, Otsuru said the agreement seeks to revitalize the tourism industry in the province.

“This is a welcome development to promote tourism and we thanked President Luciano and the CIAC management for their support to this project,” Otsuru said.

Clark Airport recorded more than one million passengers since it started operating in 2003.

Under the agreement, passengers with boarding passes will be entitled to privileges such as discounts on hotels, restaurants and other HARP member establishments in Angeles City and Pampanga province.

Luciano said CIAC will promote the Harp discount program.

Clark airport is host to several airlines such as Cebu Pacific Air, Tiger Air Philippines, Dragonair, Jin Air Qatar Airways and Seair-International that flies to several international destinations in Asia and domestic flights in Cebu, Caticlan and Kalibo.

Published in the Sun.Star Pampanga newspaper on May 17, 2014.

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