CLARK FREEPORT ZONE — Amid the onslaught brought about by the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) pandemic in the country last year, the Clark Development Corporation (CDC) recorded a total of 1,247,862 arrivals in the premiere Freeport.
CDC president Manuel Gaerlan said that Clark’s Tourism Promotions Division logged more than a million visitors here last year — an increase of more than 75,000 visitors.
He added that from January to December 2020, the CDC exceeded its target set by the Governance Commission after obtaining an overall total of 79,755 visitor points.
“These include 97 special events which bring in a total of 70,056 visitors inside the Freeport. These also include CDC-initiated and assisted projects, including events held at the Clark Museum as well as various open spaces here,” Gaerlan said.
Most of the events inside the Freeport were Meetings, Incentives, Conferences and Exhibitions (MICE), with 177 events and having a total of 4,351 participants.
“These accomplishments are in consonance and further boost our confidence in CDC’s vision to make Clark as a MICE tourism destination in the Asia-Pacific region,” Gaerlan added.
The CDC chief also reported that revenues from the state-owned firm’s managed facilities and advertising spaces has reached P6.746 million.
“These accomplishments are in consonance and further boost our confidence in CDC’s vision to make Clark as a MICE tourism destination in the Asia-Pacific region,” said Gaerlan, adding that Clark’s accommodation facilities did not only contribute to supporting tourism in the Freeport but played a key role in assisting returning overseas Filipino workers in the country.
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