World-class facilities in Clark boost tourism in Central Luzon
It appears that the tourism industry in Central Luzon has improved a lot – thanks to the world-class facilities that are being built and operated in the Clark Special Economic Zone (CSEZ).
Department of Tourism (DOT) Secretary Bernadette Romulo-Puyat said in a statement that the Philippine government aims for a “more resilient economy” through its regional growth centers in different parts of the country.
“Part and parcel of this outlook is ensuring the availability of public infrastructures and facilities to enable and support the economic progress,” said the DOT Secretary.
Next Premier Gateway to Asia
Dubbed the next premier gateway to Asia, the Clark International Airport (CRK) Passenger Terminal Building is seen as among the most valuable facilities that bring in more and more tourists in the region.
Based on a report of the DOT-Region III, there were 2.4 million tourist arrivals (both domestic and international) via the existing Clark airport during the first seven months of this year.
The good news is, with the opening of the new terminal by next year, up to 12 million passengers per year are expected to arrive. The new terminal features a parallel runway, allowing a simultaneous landing and take-off of airplanes. At the moment, there exist 19 airlines operating in the city.
On top of that, the New Clark City is envisioned as the very first city in the country to be a green, smart, and resilient metropolitan area.
It comes with sports facilities, residences, and government buildings that are deemed world-class.
In fact, this metropolis houses the modern New Clark City sports facilities that were used during the 30th Southeast Asian Games (SEA Games). It touts 20,000-seater Athletics Stadium along with a track that is International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) certified. It also has an Athletes Village plus an Aquatic Center. These facilities come with smart technology, such as touchpads, lap-timers, underwater sound systems and a lot more.
That’s not all. The New Clark City boasts the River Park which is currently being developed. It will soon serve as both a recreational area and a multi-functional venue. It also has amphitheaters that will be home for communal performances in the long run.