Friday, February 10, 2017

Philippines AirAsia and the Provincial Government of Bohol Strengthen Partnership to Promote Tourism in Bohol

Today we witnessed the signing of a partnership agreement between Philippines AirAsia and the Provincial Government of Bohol to promote the Province of Bohol as a premiere tourist destination in the Philippines, the ASEAN region, and in greater Asia. Gracing the ceremony were (from left) Mr. Christopher Foley (Deputy Mission Director, USAID), Capt. Dexter Comendador (CEO, Philippines AirAsia), Governor Edgar Chatto (Provincial Governor of Bohol), Director-General Ernesto Pernia (National Economic Development Authority), and USec. Alma Rita Jimenez (Department of Tourism).

Capt. Dexter Comendador | CEO, Philippines AirAsia
AirAsia's partnership with Bohol started right after the devastating earthquake of 2013, said Capt. Dexter Comendador, CEO of Philippines AirAsia. The company continued its flights to Tagbilaran to provide continuous transport of relief goods and social workers to the province.

Today, AirAsia celebrates this solid partnership by increasing its three-times daily flights between Manila and Bohol (Tagbilaran) to four-times daily starting March 1 with promo fares from as low as P1,599.00 only. Flights are now up for grabs until February 12 at for travel period between July 1 to November 30, 2017.

Governor Edgar Chatto | Province of Bohol
The event also coincided with the formal launching of Bohol's new tourism slogan: Behold Bohol. This will be the new brand of the province as it positions itself as a premier travel destination in Asia with the soon to open Panglao Island International Airport which will serve direct flights to and from key cities in South East Asia, as well as Japan, China and Korea.

Dir.-Gen. Ernest Pernia | National Economic Development Authority (NEDA)
NEDA Director-General Ernesto Pernia, who is a native of Bohol, provided the guests with an update on the various infrastructure projects that would bolster the tourism growth in the province in the coming years. The Panglao Island International Airport is on track for completion by 1Q 2018 and is expected to receive 1.7 million arrivals per year. The Tagbilaran-Panglao Bridge soon replace the two causeways connecting Panglao to the main island of Bohol. Currently under bidding for funding are the two inter-province bridges: the Leyte-Bohol Bridge and the Cebu-Bohol Friendship Bridge.

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