Hainan Airlines is set to offer direct flights to Palawan from the Chinese province of Hainan, Governor Jose Chavez Alvarez announced Friday following the signing of a cooperation agreement with Hainan authorities.
Alvarez said the provincial government is expecting the development to underscore Palawan’s tourism potential. He added that the opening of Palawan to new international travel routes will be a significant boost to the local tourism industry.
Alvarez attributed establishment of the new travel route to the twinning agreement Palawan and Hainan Province.
The agreement centers on promoting people-to-people friendly contacts and economic and trade between the two sides. It also plans to carry out exchanges and cooperation in the fields of tropical agriculture, tourism, marine fishery, among others.
Hainan Airlines is currently operating flights between Hainan to Manila and Cebu.
The leaders of the two provinces also agreed to strengthen education exchanges and cooperation amongst them.
Under the agreement, the Hainan Provincial Government will provide scholarships to 50 Palaweño students to study in Hainan and the same will hold a Chinese language-training course in the province of Palawan.
“This signing is the official recognition that both Hainan and Palawan are already in sisterhood mood. We got all the approval and official communication and now we are going to sign and the journey of a thousand miles is starting today,” said Governor Alvarez.
The twinning agreement is part of the China-Philippines Joint Communiqué which aims at enhancing relationship and cooperation of both country and to foster better understanding among its citizens.
The agreement between Hainan Province and Palawan was signed by Governor Alvarez and Liu Cigui, secretary of the Hainan Provincial Committee of the Communist Party of China (CPC) and current chair of Standing Committee of Hainan Provincial People’s Congress.