DOT and DOTr Collaborate to Boost Clark International Airport’s Tourism Potential
The Department of Tourism (DOT), under the leadership of Secretary Christina Garcia Frasco, joined forces with the Department of Transportation (DOTr) to strategize on maximizing the potential of the Clark International Airport (CRK). A meeting was convened with members of the Civil Aeronautics Board (CAB) Technical Working Group (TWG) on Thursday, June 1, to outline plans that will enhance the utilization of the airport.
Secretary Frasco, also the Vice Chairperson of the CAB Board, emphasized the significance of supporting Clark as the next major gateway for both domestic and international tourism in Northern and Central Luzon. In line with President Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos, Jr.’s vision for the Philippines to become a tourism powerhouse, the DOT has prioritized the improvement of tourism infrastructure and accessibility among its seven main objectives.
Undersecretary Roberto C.O. Lim, representing DOTr Secretary Bautista, acknowledged Clark’s progress and urged support to ensure the sustainability of airlines’ operations at CRK. He emphasized the need for an integrated local plan to support carriers, making the entire travel experience seamless for visitors.
The TWG, composed of CAB, DOTr, DOT, Bases Conversion and Development Authority (BCDA), Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP), Clark International Airport Corporation (CIAC), Luzon International Premier Airport Development (LIPAD), and other stakeholders, was formed to maximize CRK’s efficiency as a key aviation hub.
Secretary Frasco expressed optimism about Clark’s future, stating, “There’s much to hope for Clark, and we in the DOT will continue to support all your efforts to ensure that travel and tourism continue to be a spark of hope for Clark.”
As part of the DOT’s commitment to the region, Secretary Frasco announced the upcoming launch of the Philippine Experience in various regions and the release of the Tourist Lifecycle App, providing comprehensive information on the country’s tourism offerings.