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Cebu Tourism Forum focuses on MICE sector, airport development

Industry leaders discuss sustainable tourism management and infrastructure improvements at Mactan-Cebu International Airport

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Aldwin Uy (left), Deputy Chief Operations Officer of Aboitiz InfraCapital GMCAC, shares their goal of transforming Cebu into the premier transfer hub in the Philippines through Cebu Connect. (Photo: Aboitiz InfraCapital GMCAC)

The Aboitiz InfraCapital GMCAC (AGMCAC) and Cebu Chamber of Commerce and Industry (CCCI) held a Cebu Tourism Forum on July 3 at Mactan-Cebu International Airport (MCIA) Terminal 2.

The event brought together tourism industry leaders to discuss sustainable tourism management, with a focus on the Meetings, Incentives, Conventions and Exhibitions (MICE) sector.

CCCI President Jay Yuvallos emphasized the importance of collaboration in addressing industry gaps and setting global standards for MICE events.

We want to revolutionize tourism in such a way that it meets future demands and supports the tourism goals of the country laid out by DOT Tourism Secretary Cristina Frasco.

Jay Yuvallos, CCCI President

AGMCAC, which operates MCIA, highlighted its efforts to improve connectivity and passenger experience. Chief Executive Officer Athanasios Titonis discussed the recently launched Cebu Connect, an airport transfer hub designed to reduce layover times.

“This project also enables airlines to develop more routes because of the shortened connecting time allowed by Cebu Connect,” Titonis explained.

The company also announced plans for future infrastructure projects, including an Airport Village and a Terminal 2 car park, aimed at supporting tourism growth in Cebu.

MCIA, the second-largest airport in the Philippines, serves over 11 million passengers annually. It is operated by a consortium of Aboitiz InfraCapital, GMR Group of India, and Megawide Construction Corporation under a concession agreement with the Philippine government.

The airport has received accreditation from the Airports Council International for Airport Customer Experience and Airport Health, making it the first in the country to achieve these recognitions.

The Cebu Tourism Forum brought together various sectors of the tourism industry, including travel agencies, hotels, restaurants, resorts, airlines, and MICE venues, to discuss innovation and expansion of Cebu’s tourism efforts from a global perspective.

Written by
Dirk Andrei Salcedo

An aviation enthusiast turned creator of the top aviation news portal in the Philippines, Dirk has a deep passion for everything that flies. When he's not keeping his finger on the pulse of the industry, he also volunteers with a major humanitarian organization, impacting people on the ground and in the sky.

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