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T H E P H I L I P P I N E S The beautiful clear waters of Palawan

Plans to attract more cruise lines gather momentum

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he cruise industry in the Philippines has attracted many cruise companies, with visitors flocking to visit the country’s beautiful islands. MANILA There was a 7.7 per cent growth in 2018 arrivals, reaching 7.1 million visitors. Contributing to this growth SOUTH was an increase in cruise passenger CHINA SEA arrivals from 117,000 to 142,000. With Royal Caribbean cruise ships BORACAY doing more calls in Subic, Manila, EL NIDO Ilocs and Boracay in 2019, “we’ve doubled the amount of business that we’ve seen in the last few years in the Philippines and we hope that growth T H E continues”, said Royal Caribbean managing director for Asia Pacific Ms Angie Stephen. There are also plans for a new international cruise terminal after a 40

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Memorandum of Understanding was signed by the Philippine Reclamation Authority and the UAA Kinming Group Development Corp last year, which will attract many more cruise lines. The project comes under the National Tourism Development Plan, with targets to increase cruise visitors to 456,164 via 402 ship calls by 2022. Popular and iconic destination Boracay reopened in October last year after a six-month closure for a clean-up and review of environmental compliance. Cruise lines such as Royal Caribbean, Star Cruises and Celebrity Cruises were among those that lined up for its reopening. Mr Jose Tuaño, President of the Philippine Travel Agencies Association, is optimistic that

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Asia Cruise Directory 2019  

Welcome to the 2019 edition of the Asia Cruise Directory - everything the industry needs to inspire new passengers and increase the populari...

Asia Cruise Directory 2019  

Welcome to the 2019 edition of the Asia Cruise Directory - everything the industry needs to inspire new passengers and increase the populari...