KOREAN nationals will have another reason to visit this northern gateway of the Philippines as a direct flight from South Korea is being eyed to service the Korea-Laoag route.
Ms Milagros R. Gonzales, senior tourism officer of the Department of Tourism’s Laoag sub-office, made this announcement recently following the arrival of at least 50 Korean nationals, who availed of a connecting flight from Manila via Philippine Airlines on July 26.
With the influx of more Koreans wanting to visit Ilocos Norte’s popular historical landmarks and scenic tourist attractions, Gonzales said the Koreans are pushing for the opening of a direct flight from Korea to Laoag.
Among the top Korean destinations in the province are Pagudpud’s white beaches, which have been acclaimed as one of the top 10 beaches in the country, according to the DOT.
Presently, Korean nationals visiting the province avail of a connecting flight to the Laoag International Airport twice a week.
If plans don’t miscarry, a 100-seater Koran Air plane will soon be the carrier of Korean nationals who want to visit Ilocos Norte.
Aside from spending leisure activities in the province, Korean investors, such as a certain Juny Park, manager of Nam’s Golf Course Corporation, have also expressed their desire to invest in the province with an aim to attract more tourists by providing better services for them to enjoy their stay.
Citing one of the possible investment opportunities which the Korean investors are reportedly eyeing include the development of Paoay Lake, a project that has gotten the full support of Paoay Mayor Bonifacio C. Clemente Jr.
Since the lake is very the golf course, Gonzales said Korean investors want more support facilities such as spa and very good night clubs so Korean tourists would lessen travel time and instead stay near the city and the golf course. Golf is one of the Koreans’ favorite sports.
Leilanie G. Adriano