Eight ports have been identified as tourism gateways for visiting International cruise liners. These gateways are: Davao, Bohol, Boracay, Cebu, Metro Manila, Puerto Princesa, Subic, and Zamboanga.
The Philippine Ports Authority (PPA), the Department of Tourism (DOT), and the City of Manila are improving shipping services to meet the needs of cruise ships and provide for tourists’ comfort, safety, sightseeing, and shopping requirements.
Manila has spruced up its top tourist spots, notably Intramuros and China town. PPA is building and repairing major sea ports and harbors. The country was included for the first time in a cruise package of Star Cruises-owned Super Star Gemini which had its inaugural launch, with more than 1,200 tourists from its Xiamen, China, home port. More big cruise liners are scheduled to make Philippine port calls.
Part of government’s cruise tourism handbook is creating tour packages showcasing attractions under “It’s More Fun in the Philippines” campaign. It is networking with regional and international cruise operators to include the Philippines in Southeast Asian itineraries.
We congratulate the Department of Tourism headed by Secretary Ramon R. Jimenez Jr., Bureau of Customs Commissioner Ruffy B. Biazon, Philippine Ports Authority General Manager Atty. Juan C. Sta. Ana, and City of Manila Mayor Joseph E. Estrada and Vice Mayor Francisco M. Domagoso, in their concerted efforts in supporting the booming cruise tourism and promoting major cruise destinations in our Republic of the Philippines. CONGRATULATIONS AND MABUHAY!