DOT welcomes maiden ANA flight, JATA bigwigs
The Department of Tourism (DOT) leads the industry in welcoming theinaugural flight of Japan’s leading carrier, All Nippon Airways (ANA) from Narita toManila on 27 February 2011. The event is deemed as a double treat as among itspassengers will be senior officials of the Japan Association of Travel Agents (JATA)led by its Chairman, Akira Kanai. JATA is the biggest aggrupation of travel and tour operators, accommodation and transportation providers and even academic andlegal institutions. ANA is also a member of JATA.The VIP guests are expected to put in a good word for the Philippines as theysample a brief but interesting familiarization tour of Manila and are treated to aspecial dinner reception that is representative of the country’s culinary bests.DOT Secretary Alberto A. Lim remarked, “This new service between Naritaand Manila will help us obtain a larger share of the Japanese outbound travellers.We are confident that the direct link, complemented by efforts of the JATAintermediaries, will stimulate stronger traffic from this major source market.”Japan remains the third largest tourist market for the Philippines, growing10.39% from 2009 to 358,744 visitors in 2010. Its 10.19% share of all visitor volumecounts toward a best-performing East Asian market among all regions.