Philippines to become major cruise ship destination?
The Philippines has long been a destination for those wishing to explore new horizons, boasting vibrant cities, incomparable landscapes and a unique culture far from anything in Europe.
And while the country currently only enjoys a limited cruise holiday market, this could be set to change, with three major specialists in the field expressing an interest in developing this type of holiday experience out there.
Carnival Corp, Royal Caribbean International and Norwegian Cruise Lines have been in touch with the Philippine Embassy in Washington DC with proposals that could see cruise ship arrivals in the country spiral.
Philippine ambassador to the United States Jose L Cuisia Jr has said in a statement how the officials of the three companies were interested in providing feedback on their requirements if they are to offer holidays there.
“The cruise giants were open to working with the Philippines in destination development while they discussed infrastructure requirements,” Mr Cuisia said, following a recent economic diplomacy mission to the US state of Florida, where he met with cruise-company officials.
It is likely the feedback offered by the firms will be welcomed with open arms as tourist officials are very keen to develop the industry.
Mr Cuisia reportedly took the opportunity to highlight some of the most beautiful locations in the country, including the city of Vigan, which is frequently described as the best-preserved example of a planned Spanish colonial town in Asia.
The three big players were also quick to compliment the efforts of their combined 61,700 Filipino crew members, and disclosed plans to expand hiring opportunities in the country as its cruise industry develops.
No matter where you’re heading off to this summer, make sure you have booked adequate travel insurance.