Philippine Airlines Welcomes Russian Tourists

More than 120 Russian tourists arrived in Manila on October 27 as Philippine Airlines brought in the first round of passengers aboard its inaugural charter flight from Vladivostok. 

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The new charter flight marks the launch of the first direct connection between Manila and Russia's Far East. It is just the first of what will be a series of chartered flights operated by Philippine Airlines between Manila and Vladivostok from now until April 2014 in an effort to boost the country's tourist arrivals.

"The fun in the Philippines can now be experienced by more tourists from Far East Russia," said Tourism Secretary, Ramon Jimenez. "The facilitation of charter programs from this region of Russia, which is only four and a half hours away from Manila, is one of our key strategies to catalyze growth." He added that Russia is a priority opportunity market of the Department of Tourism that is envisioned to contribute to the target of 10 million international visitors by 2016.

"The charter program is indicative of the steady interest that Russians have for our country. This may be attributed to our healthy relationships with travel trade counterparts in Russia, our consumer marketing efforts, as well as word-of-mouth marketing from the many satisfied visitors who have come back for either more or longer holiday and business trips," said Jimenez.

Officials from Philippine Airlines and the Department of Tourism welcomed the first group of passengers who arrived at Ninoy Aquino International Airport Terminal 2. While the majority of Russian tourists will head to Boracay, they will also enjoy access to other popular Philippine destinations including Cebu, Bohol, Puerto Princesa, and Legaspi. According to Philippine Airlines, Russian passengers will also have the option of connecting to Philippine Airlines' regional and international network from Manila. 

"We recognize the growing demand from Russian tourists for a direct air link to the Philippines," said Ramon Ang, President of Philippine Airlines. "Through this service, we hope to be able to serve this market and more importantly, help our government’s efforts to boost tourism."

Philippine Airlines has partnered with Primorsky Agency of Aviation Companies TM Biletur, the largest tour company in Far East Russia for its charter schedule. The carrier plans to operate flights every ten days utilizing Airbus A320 aircraft.

Tourist arrivals from Russia increased by forty percent in 2012 making it one of the country's fastest growing inbound tourist markets out of Europe. Russian arrivals continue to increase this year with arrivals totalling 21,736 representing a 32.53% increase in the first eight months of 2013 over last year's figures.

The cities of Vladivostok and Khabarovsk are ranked as the second and fourth largest sources of tourist arrivals from Russia.

1 comment:

  1. How do I book flights Manila to Vladivostok - nothing on the website for PAL


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