Bo­ra­cay tar­gets fly-cruise market

Panay News - - REGION -  By Boy Ryan Zab

KALIBO, Ak­lan - Ak­lan gov­er­nor Floren­cio Mi­raflo­res sees huge growth po­ten­tial and strate­gic ad­van­tage with the fly- cruise tourism part­ner­ship be­tween t he pro­vin­cial gov­ern­ment and cruise op­er­a­tor Royal Car­ribean Cruises Ltd (RCCL).

Fly and cruise pack­ages al­low tourists to ex­plore Bo­ra­cay Is­land and other des­ti­na­tions in Panay for sev­eral days near the Cat­i­clan port of call be­fore or af­ter the cruise.

RCCL ex­pressed in­ter­est in “ex­plor­ing and study­ing the vi­a­bil­ity of es­tab­lish­ing and op­er­at­ing cruise ship berthing fa­cil­i­ties in Ak­lan.”

The cruise op­er­a­tor will make Cat­i­clan and Bo­ra­cay

SAN JOSE, An­tique – Res­i­dents of An­tique prov­ince are un­fazed with the im­po­si­tion of mar­tial law in Min­danao, said Gov. Rhodora J. Ca­diao on Mon­day.

Even re­ports that the mar­tial law could ex­tend to Visayas and the en­tire coun­try were not enough to alarm the lo­cals, she added.

This is be­cause An­tiqueños be­lieve that the dec­la­ra­tion of mar­tial law is a ne­ces­sity to ad­dress the peace and or­der prob­lem in Min­danao, Ca­diao ex­plained. Is­land as their home port for

al cruis­ing busi­ness in South­east Asia, the gov­er­nor said.

The cruise liner en­tered i nto a mem­o­ran­dum of un­der­stand­ing ( MOU) on in­for­ma­tion ex­change with the prov­ince of Ak­lan on March 14, 2017 at Fort Laud­erdale in Florida as part of its de­ploy­ment of cruise ships in Asia.

The MOU in­tends to de­velop col­lab­o­ra­tion and share in­for­ma­tion on in­vest­ment op­por­tu­ni­ties, en­vi­ron­men­tal, so­cial, sta­tis­tics, topo­graph­i­cal and eco­nomic data for a fea­si­bil­ity study. It also in­cludes the pro­posal of a multi- year de­vel­op­ment project.

Mi­raflo­res said the pro­vin­cial

“It is not a re­mote pos­si­bil­ity that some Maute group might seek refuge in An­tique be­ing in Western Visayas and nearer to Min­danao,” the gov­er­nor said.

The gov­er­nor gave these an­swers when asked by Po­lice Re­gional Di­rec­tor Cesar Hawthorne R. Bi­nag on the sen­ti­ments of An­tiqueños if mar­tial law will be de­clared in the re­gion.

Bi­nag was here on Satur­day for the spe­cial meet­ing of the Pro­vin­cial Peace and Or­der Coun­cil at the capi­tol.

ASEAN.TRAVEL

The pro­vin­cial gov­ern­ment of Ak­lan has part­nered with in­ter­na­tional cruise op­er­a­tor Royal Car­ribean Cruises Ltd for a fly-cruise tourism pro­gram in Bo­ra­cay. Royal Car­ribean Cruises Ltd will make Cat­i­clan and Bo­ra­cay Is­land as their home port for cruis­ing busi­ness in South­east Asia.

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