Philippines is all set to enhance its airports to boost up tourism

Travel and Tour World | May 07, 2019

The Philippines should develop its airports and turn them at par with international standards to further boost up its tourism.This was emphasized by the well-known personalities in the tourism in the recent Tourism Summit held in Pasay City.“I think, we really need to have a good airport infrastructure system that will be comparable with the facilities of other countries like Singapore or Thailand and with those easy connections, we should be able to attract more tourists,” said Jaime Bautista, president and chief operating officer (COO) of the Philippine Airlines.“We really need to have a competitive airport infrastructure… We should really fast-track the construction and modernization of the Manila International Airport,” he added.

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It’s only 93 miles from Florida, and just 13 from the Bahamas, but like the smoke that coils from its legendary cigars, The Republic of Cuba exists in a time and space all its own. Few cities can stir the imagination like Cuba’s capital, Havana, a city preserved by forts, a five-mile seawall, and an imposed embargo, which held back the excesses of the 20th century for over 50 years. Havana’s lure can be hard to resist, but Cuba offers so much more beyond the seductive lights of its capital. In Cuba, a long sandy beach is never far away.

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It’s only 93 miles from Florida, and just 13 from the Bahamas, but like the smoke that coils from its legendary cigars, The Republic of Cuba exists in a time and space all its own. Few cities can stir the imagination like Cuba’s capital, Havana, a city preserved by forts, a five-mile seawall, and an imposed embargo, which held back the excesses of the 20th century for over 50 years. Havana’s lure can be hard to resist, but Cuba offers so much more beyond the seductive lights of its capital. In Cuba, a long sandy beach is never far away.

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