Tourist arrivals at Clark Field in Pampanga increase by over 40,000

admin   •   March 15, 2017   •   6087

FILE PHOTO: 20th Hot Air Balloon at Clark Freeport Zone (PG Garcia/Photoville International)

FILE PHOTO: 20th Hot Air Balloon at Clark Freeport Zone (Percy Garcia/Photoville International)

This year’s tourist arrivals at Clark International Airport have increased.

Based on the annual report of the Tourism Promotions Division of the Clark Development Corporation, from over 1.8 million in 2015, tourist arrivals have grown by 42,622 in 2016.

Among the major visitor points are the Clark airport, educational camps, Clark museum and other open spaces.

The most recent events at Clark Field include the APEC 1st Senior Officials Meeting and the International Hot Air Balloon Festival. – UNTV News & Rescue

DOT: 15% increase in tourist arrivals in 2019

Aileen Cerrudo   •   December 11, 2019

The Department of Tourism (DOT) has reported a 15% increase in tourist arrivals in 2019.

Based on the data of the DOT, tourist arrivals went up by 6.8 million from January to October 2019.

This is 15% higher compared to the 5.9 million tourist arrivals from January to October 2018.

Meanwhile, tourism revenue is also up by 25% compared in 2018. From January to August 2019, the DOT already recorded P27.3 billion revenue.

The bulk of the tourists visiting the country come from South Korea, China, and the United States.

Meanwhile, Boracay Island remains the top tourist destination in the country.

Foreign Tourists:

Korea = 1,609,172
China = 1,499,524
United States = 872,335
Japan = 569,625
Taiwan = 282,220

According to the DOT, progress in tourism creates job and business opportunities for the country.—AAC (with reports from Asher Cadapan Jr.)

Alleged human trafficker nabbed at Clark Airport – BI

Robie de Guzman   •   October 24, 2019

MANILA, Philippines – A female Taiwanese national suspected of being a courier for a human trafficking syndicate was nabbed at the Clark International Airport (CIA) in Angeles City, Pampanga, the Bureau of Immigration (BI) said Thursday.

In a statement, the BI said the woman was apprehended last Monday, Oct. 21, as she was about to board a flight bound for Taipei.

The passenger, whose name was not revealed in compliance with the anti-trafficking law, was stopped from boarding after airport security officials discovered she had 22 Philippine passports in her possession.

“The passports were found inside her luggage and she admitted during questioning that these belong to people who were recruited by her bosses to work in Malta without appropriate permits and proper documents,” BI CIA Chief Joseph Quizon said.

Quizon said the victims already paid the syndicate P150,000 in return for processing their working visas in Malta which would be done in Taiwan.

The official said the suspect identified two Maltese nationals as her contacts who would arrange the job placement of the victims.

The Bureau’s Travel Control and Enforcement Unit also learned that some of the recruits were already demanding the return of their money as they had given up on their overseas job prospects after waiting too long.

The immigration bureau said the suspect has been turned over to the Inter-Agency Council Against Trafficking (IACAT) for investigation and filing of charges.

Clark Airport to resume operations Wednesday

Robie de Guzman   •   April 24, 2019

Photo courtesy: Department of Transportation

MANILA, Philippines – The Clark International Airport on Wednesday will resume its operations after the magnitude 6.1 earthquake damaged some of its facilities and paralyzed its flights and services for nearly 48 hours.

Airport authorities said the processing of affected passengers in terminals will start at 4 p.m. while the first flight out the airport will begin at 7:40 p.m.

Clark International Airport President Jaime Melo said power, flight information systems, and CCTVs have also been fully restored.

He also reminded affected passengers to coordinate with their respective carriers for their flight schedules.

“Clark airport is business as usual, from counters to manifest to boarding gates. May we remind the riding public to kindly check or coordinate with their respective airlines for confirmation of their flight schedules via Clark beginning April 24,” Melo said in a statement.

He said the damage caused by the strong earthquake that hit parts of Luzon on Monday has been repaired and cleared. Nets were also installed on the ceiling inside the pre-departure area to protect passengers from any falling debris.

A huge portion of the ceiling in the old terminal building collapsed on Monday after the quake. Water leakage was also detected after the tremor affected the fire alarm.

Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade said fully repairing the damage will cost around P30 to P50 million.

Clark Airport officials said an investigation will be launched into the contractor of the old terminal building following allegations that the airport was constructed using substandard materials. – Robie de Guzman

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