This new route promises to cut travel time to the Banaue rice terraces

But the traffic to the airport is another story.


(SPOT.PH) Fancy taking a trip to one of the HEKASI or Sibika staples of your youth? Going to the world-famous Banaue Rice Terraces is about to become much easier, as the Philippine government recently announced a new air route there through Clark International Airport. reports that Department of Tourism Secretary Wanda Teo made the announcement at the Internationale Tourismus Borse (also known as ITB Berlin), the world's largest tourism trade fair, held in Germany.


This new route starts off at Clark, Pampanga and makes its way to the Bagabag Airport in Nueva Vizcaya, which is only about an hour away from the heritage site.


“There’s no better occasion to launch a new air route than in the world’s grandest tourism trade fair. This will complement the activities we are promoting in the European market, particularly for travelers who seek cultural immersion in the Philippines,” according to Teo in the report.


The report also notes that the special offer will cut the usual travel time from Manila to Banaue by land—which takes around six to eight hours—by half, according to Department of Tourism (DOT) director for the Cordillera Administrative Region Marie Venus Tan.


“The Cordilleras is all about tradition and ethnic culture. This is our strongest selling point because our visitors can experience genuine and truly meaningful cultural immersions that benefit the host communities. This is also something we can be very proud of,” Tan said.


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