BERLIN, GERMANY – A shorter and quicker flight from Clark International Airport to the world-famous Banaue Rice Terraces is among the Philippines’ diverse offerings in this year’s Internationale Tourismus Borse (ITB) in Messe Berlin.
“There’s no better occasion to launch a new air route than in the world’s grandest tourism trade fair. This will complement the activities we are promoting in the European market, particularly for travellers who seek cultural immersion in the Philippines,” said Tourism Secretary Wanda Corazon Tulfo-Teo.
The special offer includes a four-day, three-night journey to the Banaue Rice Terraces via Clark International Airport in Angeles City, Pampanga to Bagabag Airport, Nueva Vizcaya.
Although there are numerous rice terraces throughout Asia, the Banaue Rice Terraces earned the monicker “the eighth wonder of the world” because of its immensity and height of 1500 meters above sea level, as built by the Ifugao ancestors some 2,000 years ago, fed by an ancient irrigation system from the mountain rainforest.
The Banaue Rice Terraces was listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1995.
Department of Tourism (DOT) Director for the Cordillera Administrative Region Marie Venus Tan, who spearheaded the negotiations with Wakay Air Services, said the new air connectivity development will cut by more than half the usual travel time from Manila to Banaue trip via land that would normally take up to six to eight hours.
The flight from Clark to Bagabag Airport in Nueva Viscaya will take approximately one hour and the magnificent terraces is accessible within an hour.
The flights that will commence in May this year, will start with a four-flight weekly schedule on board a 38-seater Dornier plane.
“The Cordilleras is all about tradition and ethnic culture. This is our strongest selling point because our visitors can experience genuine and truly meaningful cultural immersions that benefit the host communities. This is also something we can be very proud of,” said Tan.
PDOT leads the Philippines biggest delegation to this year's ITB, Germany where the Banaue Rice Terraces, a UNESCO Heritage Site, is one of the highlights.
CAR Director Marie Venus Tan (above) and TPB Department Manager Susan del Mundo (below), get their turns in entertaining inquiries at the Philippine booth at the ITB, Messe, Berlin.