February 24, 2024

The Philippine Ports Authority (PPA) disclosed its plans to build more ports dedicated to cruise tourism, which would help transform the country into Asia’s next cruise tourism hub.

In a statement, PPA General Manager Jay Santiago said there are plans to build such ports in Coron, Palawan, Siargao, Camiguin, Boracay, and Puerto Galera to provide tourists aboard cruise vessels with a safe and convenient experience.

“We have already begun building terminals dedicated to cruise operations. We assure you that our ports will be capable of accommodating large cruise ships,” Santiago said.

To date, ports under the PPA that cater to cruise ships are those in Currimao in Ilocos Norte, Salomague in Ilocos Sur, Manila, Bohol, and El Nido in Palawan.

“We believe that aside from picturesque tourist destinations, it is the rich culture, desirable local delicacies, and the warmth of the Filipino people that entice foreign tourists to visit the Philippines,” he said.

The announcement came after the Philippines was recognized as Asia’s Best Cruise Destination in the latest World Cruise Awards.

“We are glad and proud that the Philippines finally won this award that recognizes the efforts of the government, led by the DOT, and with the help of other government agencies, such as the PPA,” he said.

Since the resumption of cruise tourism in the country in February until September, the PPA has served 46,657 passengers from ships calling at its ports. – PNA