One of PHL’s largest travel agencies eyes Ilocos Norte’s tourism development

LAOAG CITY -— Another travel agency is setting its sight on Ilocos Norte’s tourism development as talks are underway for a proposed chartered flight of Chinese passengers directly to the Laoag International Airport.

Provincial Tourism Officer Ianree Raquel confirmed this on Tuesday following the visit of representatives of Asia Landmark Travel Agency to Ilocos Norte where they particularly inspected the newly-rehabilitated Laoag airport.

“We got a good feedback from them and they will come up with a proposal for a chartered flight,” said Raquel.

Asia Landmark Travel and Tours is among the country’s largest travel agencies that brings in Chinese tourists mostly to Boracay, Cebu and Bohol, among others.

Last April, it also served as the official ground handler of some 30 Shandong delegates that visited Ilocos Norte.

With the on-going crisis in Mindanao, the company is exploring a tour of Luzon particularly in this northern gateway to check on its tourism facilities.

According to Raquel, Chinese tourists are looking for water activities such as snorkeling and diving sites, seafood dishes, and other interactive activities.

“We are hoping for a fruitful partnership with the group. It is still a long shot but we expect for some development around the year,” Raquel said.

He added Asia Landmark and other travel agents are apparently shifting their focus on other destinations where peace and order situation is relatively stable. LGA/