Manila, Philippines – In a recent press release, the Department of Tourism (DOT) has expressed immense pride and joy over Clark International Airport’s (CRK) recognition as one of the world’s most beautiful airports. This prestigious title, awarded by the Prix Versailles, underlines the Philippines’ dedication to marrying aesthetic elegance with practical functionality in its infrastructure.
Tourism Secretary Christina Garcia Frasco, in her response to this honor, highlighted that this accolade is a testament to the Philippines’ commitment to creating spaces that are not only functional but also visually appealing. “This is not just about the airport’s beauty. It is a symbol of our nation’s dedication to providing an experience that values both form and function for all travelers coming to the Philippines,” she remarked.
The Prix Versailles, an award associated with the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), celebrates the world’s most outstanding architectural achievements each year. Clark International Airport, in its stylish and innovative design, has successfully showcased Filipino uniqueness and ingenuity, aligning with President Ferdinand Marcos, Jr’s vision of bolstering tourism as a key pillar of economic growth.
In addition to CRK, other international airports featured in the 9th edition of the Prix Versailles list include renowned names like Beijing Daxing International Airport in China and LaGuardia Airport in the United States, among others. Notably, this is the second time CRK has been recognized in this category, having been a finalist in 2021.
Secretary Frasco’s approach since taking office has been to maximize the potential of the country’s secondary gateways. Collaborating closely with the Department of Transportation (DOTr) Secretary Jaime Bautista, she has been proactive in enhancing both tourism and transport sectors. Part of her strategy includes engaging with stakeholders in Clark, aiming to boost tourist arrivals and expand business tourism opportunities, especially in Northern and Central Luzon.
Clark International Airport, a vital gateway, can accommodate up to eight million passengers annually. It currently operates flights to major tourist destinations in the Philippines, including Caticlan (Boracay), Puerto Princesa and Busuanga (Palawan), Davao, and international routes to Hongkong, Bangkok, and Singapore.
This recognition of Clark International Airport as one of the world’s most beautiful airports not only elevates the Philippines on the global stage but also opens up new opportunities for increased tourist traffic, particularly benefiting destinations like Boracay. The Boracay Informer celebrates this achievement and looks forward to the positive impact it will have on tourism and local businesses in Boracay and beyond.
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