ABS-CBNnews.com | 02/11/2013 4:55 PM
MANILA, Philippines - The Philippines is ready to begin air service talks with several countries in the second quarter of 2013, as the government hopes to attract more tourists.
Transportation Undersecretary Jose Perpetuo Lotilla said the Philippine Air Negotiation Panel is ready to begin discussions with several countries in the second quarter.
The panel comprises of the DOTC, Department of Tourism, Department of Foreign Affairs, Department of Trade and Industry, Department of Labor and Employment and Civil Aeronautics Board.
However, Lotilla did not name the countries involved in the talks.
Earlier, CAB executive director Carmelo Arcilla said the Philippines is looking at talks with Australia, Brazil, Canada, France, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Papua New Guinea, Russia and Taiwan.
Last year, the Philippines successfully held air talks with several countries including Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Singapore and South Korea.