A coalition of government and private groups involved in the tourism industry in Palawan said the significant role of the province in liberation of the country from Japanese forces in World War II would boost its development as historical destination.
Aileen Clemente of Rajah Travel Corp, speaking in behalf of the coalition, said more than 8,000 American and Filipino troops were involved in the liberation of Palawan and some of the landmarks include the World War II Memorial Museum, Plaza Cuartel, Mendoza Park and Iwahig Prison.
“The current efforts being done are towards refurbishing and restoring these places and improving the tourism infrastructure surrounding these areas. These are places that are just waiting to be discovered,” Clemente said.
A total of 722,750 American and 722,750 Japanese tourists arrived in the country lat year. They spent about P52.11 billion during their stay.
Members of the coalition pushing the historical tourism focus include the Department of Tourism, Palawan province, Puerto Princesa City, USAID, Palawan Chamber of Commerce and the Palawan Tourism Council.
Clemente said they expect an increase on American and Japanese tourists in the province but the new sea and air connectivity with neighboring countries could also boost arrivals from Brunei, Indonesia and Malaysia.
She said the coalition will be staging “A Salute to Valor: Palawan—70 years of Freedom” in Puerto Princesa on April 21 to 23.
Outside of American and Japanese tourists, Clemente also sees the potential from the new air and sea connectivity talks among and the Philippines, Brunei, Indonesia, and Malaysia.
More than 8,000 American and Filipino troops were involved in the liberation of Palawan along with the Palawan Fighting One Thousand Guerrilla Unit. There were also 139 American prisoners of war who were found burned inside Plaza Cuartel.
Besides Rajah Travel Corp. others involve in the coalition are DOT, Province of Palawan, City of Puerto Princesa, USAID, Palawan Chamber of Commerce and Industry, and the Palawan Tourism Council.
The coalition will be staging the three-day event “A Salute to Valor: Palawan—70 Years of Freedom” in Puerto Princesa on April 21 to 23.