Visitors to the scenic Banaue Rice Terraces set to enjoy shorter travel times
Come May 17 this year, visitors to the world-renowned Banaue Rice Terraces will take shorter travel times via Clark International Airport.
This new air route was recently launched during this year’s Internationale Tourismus Borse (ITB) which will be held in Messe Berlin.
Announcing the news, Department of Tourism (DOT) Secretary Wanda Corazon Tulfo-Teo said that they had chosen to launch the new route during the world’s grandest trade fair because it was the best occasion to do so.
“This will complement the activities we are promoting in the European market, particularly for travelers who seek cultural immersion in the Philippines,” she continued.
Destination management companies (DMCs) will play a significant role in the success of this new development. Tulfo-Teo noted the participation of key players, such as Wakay Air Services, that will offer packages to the Banaue Rice Terraces through Clark International Airport in Angeles City, Pampanga to Bagabag Airport in Nueva Vizcaya. Wakay Air Services will provide a four-day/ three-night package to the popular tourist destination.
UNESCO World Heritage Site
What makes the Banaue Rice Terraces so famous is its sheer size, as well as its location. The spectacular plantation, which is 1500 meters above sea level, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and has been dubbed the eighth wonder of the world. The terraces are also steeped in rich history, having been created about 2000 years by the Ifugao ancestors.
According to Marie Venus Tan, who serves as the DOT Director for the Cordillera Administrative Region, the new air route will cut the time required to travel from Manila to Banaue by half. Currently, traveling on land takes between six and eight hours. Tan helped negotiate the agreement with Wakay Air services.
Flying from Clark to Bagabag Airport will take about an hour. From Bagabag, visitors can reach the Banaue terraces within 45 minutes.
Speaking of the expected improvement in the tourism industry of the region, Tan said, “The Cordilleras is all about tradition and exotic culture. This is our strongest selling point because our visitors can experience authentic and truly meaningful cultural immersions that benefit the host communities. We are blessed with rich and fascinating culture we can be very proud of. ”