Cambodia envoy lauds Clark airport growth

CAMBODIA Ambassador Tuot Panha said the viability of Clark International Airport will make it one of the progressive international gateways in the Philippines.

The ambassador said she would like to see flights between Clark and Phnom Penh or Clark and Siem Reap, now one of the favored tourist destinations in Cambodia.

The Angkor Wat temples near Siem Reap attract over a million tourists each year rivaling that of top destinations in Thailand and Vietnam.

Ambassador Panha is one of the seven envoys from the Asia Pacific who took part in the economic and culture familiarization tour of Central Luzon on Saturday.

The other Asia Pacific ambassadors include Bangladesh Ambassador John Gomez; Brunei Darussalam Ambassador Datin Malai Halimah Yussof; China Ambassador Designate Zhao Jianjua; Laos Ambassador Malayvieng Sakonhninhom; Pakistan Ambassador Safdar Hayat; South Korea Ambassador Lee Hyuk; Thailand Ambassador Prasas Parasasvinitchai; Timor-Leste Ambassador Juvencio De Jesus Martins; Stacey Green, Australian Aid (Recovery and Reconstruction Coordinator, Typhoon Yolanda); Tetsuro Amano, Japan Deputy Chief of Mission and Consul General; Malaysia Charge d'Affaires Zahid Rastam; Myanmar Minister Sein New Aye; New Zealand Deputy Head of Mission Justin Allen; Palau Charge d'Affaires Ngeriki Baules; Singapore 2nd Political Secretary Hana Suri; and Sri Lanka Charge d'Affaires Wijeratne Mendis.

South Korea Ambassador Lee Hyuk also took note of the "big and expanding presence of Koreans in Clark," noting that both Clark and Subic offer limitless opportunities for the prosperity of the country.

Clark International Airport Corporation president and CEO Victor Jose Luciano welcomed the Asia Pacific envoys at the newly-expanded Clark airport where the diplomats took a guided tour.

Luciano, along with Darwin Cunanan, vice president for business development group and Clark airport operations manager Ritchie Nacpil, updated the diplomats on the current developments at the airport.

At the Holiday Inn Clark, Cunanan gave a presentation of the Clark International Airport's business thrust and expansion plan further bolstering the awareness of the diplomatic community on the government's economic programs in Central Luzon.

Clark Development Corporation president and CEO Arthur Tugade also urged the envoys to infuse investments in the area.
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