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The Department of Tourism (DOT) welcomed the inclusion of Clark International Airport (CRK) as one of the world’s most beautiful airports this year, earning the prestigious Prix Versailles, the World Architecture and Design Award of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).
“This accolade not only reflects the aesthetic grandeur of the Clark International Airport but also showcases the Philippines as a destination that values both function and beauty in its infrastructure. We are excited to continue welcoming travelers from around the world to experience the beauty of CRK and the Philippines,” said Tourism Secretary Christina Garcia Frasco.
She said the DOT is committed to pushing for the improvement of the country’s transport infrastructures in collaboration with other government agencies for the comfort and convenience of the traveling public.
“Our vision reflects that of our President Ferdinand Marcos, Jr’s intention to position tourism as a pillar of economic growth for the country based on competitiveness that highlights Filipino uniqueness and ingenuity," she said.
The World's Most Beautiful Achievements recognition granted by the Prix Versailles “highlights the primary role of the Laureates in beautifying and improving the living environment.”
The annual awardees are those that have shown the world exceptional architecture and design.
There are 23 other airports that are part of the 9th edition list that includes the Arturo Merino Benítez International Airport in Chile, Beijing Daxing International Airport in China, Berlin Brandenburg Airport in Germany, Chengdu Tianfu International Airport in China, Eagle County Regional Airport in the United States, Eleftherios Venizelos International Airport in Greece, General Abelardo L. Rodríguez International Airport in Mexico, Helsinki-Vantaa Airport in Finland, and Kempegowda International Airport in India, among others.
Frasco directed the maximization of the country's secondary gateways since her assumption to office as tourism chief.
The DOT and the Department of Transportation (DOTr) have fostered strong collaborations on tourism and transport by engaging in convergence meetings since last year for the enhancement of tourism and transport sectors.
CRK can serve as much as 8 million passengers annually. It was also shortlisted as one of the six world finalists for the same award in 2021.
CRK services flights to the country’s major tourist destinations like Caticlan (Boracay), Puerto Princesa and Busuanga, (Palawan), Davao, Cebu, Iloilo, Bacolod, General Santos, and Cagayan de Oro, while servicing international routes including Clark to Hongkong, Bangkok, and Singapore.