More Chinese tourists are expected to arrive once South East Asian International (SEAIR) mount its 12 international and domestic flights between China and the Clark International Airport.
The SEAIR flights using two aircrafts which interchange nightly will include the daily CRK-Beijing and CRK-Koror routes with guided tours to choice destinations in the Metro Clark Area and nearby cities.
Koror is the most prominent among many islands comprising the main commercial center of the Republic of Palau.
This is a huge development for Clark airport as SEAIR’s passengers are mainly Chinese businessmen, according to the Clark International Airport Corporation.
The CIAC management team and SEAIR International executives, led by the airline’s chief executive officer Benjamin Solis and its director for operations Ernesto Pabalan, will also conduct a dialogue with tourism stakeholders in Angeles City and nearby cities in Pampanga to align with the airline’s operational plans which include guided tours in its flight schedules.
The twice-a-week scheduled flights to and from Clark include Kunming (Yunnan province), Nanning (Guangxi region) and Changsha (Hunan province), three routes which will also fly directly to Puerto Princesa in Palawan.
The other twice-a-week flights are Clark to Ningbo and Wenzhou (Zhejiang province), Wuhan (Hubei province), and Hefei (Anhui province), routes that are expected to double the number of Chinese tourist arrivals in the country.
The entry of SEAIR International at Clark airport comes at the heels of the airline’s partnership with China International Travel Services, the biggest government-owned tour services operator in China.
The preferred destinations of Chinese tourists are the beaches and diving locations, family recreation spots, souvenir shops, restaurants, and other tourist sites.
The CIAC management assured foreign and local tourists of Clark’s reliable security, services and facilities.
The Department of Tourism (DOT) counts China as the third largest market of Philippine tourism. Around 630,000 Chinese tourists visited the Philippines from January to November 2016 but with warmer ties with Beijing, the DOT expects this number of arrivals to double by the end of 2017.