The Department of Tourism (DOT) has tapped the International Air Transport Association (IATA) to create a database on aviation that can be used to evaluate where the demand is, determine city pairing, and what the underserved routes are to the Philippines.
The IATA is the trade association of airlines around the world.
?We are trying to address all the requirements under the terms of reference so that before the opening of Routes Asia we would be able to complete aviation data for sharing to stakeholders in the Philippines,? DOT route development team head Erwin Balane told reporters in an interview.
Routes Asia is an aviation event that brings together stakeholders of the aviation industry, including some of the largest airlines from the whole Asian region.
Around 96 airlines, 169 airports, 12 tourism authorities, 17 aviation data suppliers from Europe, North America and South Africa are attending the event slated on March 6 to 8, 2016 at the SMX Convention Center in Pasay City.
Balane said that it would take IATA around two months to complete the database.
DOT Undersecretary Benito Bengzon Jr. earlier stressed the importance of formulating an aviation database to help the department in crafting an enhanced aviation strategy for the Philippines.
Bengzon further said that this would help the department capture a larger market share of the international outbound travelers.
In a statement, DOT Secretary Ramon Jimenez pointed out how the Philippines relies heavily on air connectivity more than any other country in the region.
The DOT chief also said that central to the department?s job of promoting tourist destinations across the country is to make sure that tourists get to see them in the most convenient and seamless manner. — PNA