DOT pushes for more RP-China flights to boost tourism

CEBU CITY Aug. 10 — The Department of Tourism (DOT) is pushing for more flights between China and the Philippines, underscoring China as an important source of tourists for the Philippines amid the global financial crisis.

The DOT is also embarking on multiple promotional approaches to lure more Chinese visitors to the country.

The DOT expects more Chinese visitors to the Philippines in the coming months with the recent addition of flights between mainland China and Taiwan and Cebu and Kalibo, Aklan.

These flights include the five-weekly Kaohsiung-Cebu chartered flights of China Airlines, the twice-weekly Gungzhou-Cebu chartered flights of China Southern Airlines, the twice-weekly Shanghai-Kalibo chartered flights of Shanghai Airlines and the thrice-weekly Hangzhou-Kalibo flight of Philippine Airlines.

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