Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque praised Ilocos Norte for being chosen by giant international cruise liner Star Cruises as a cruise destination.
“The Super Virgo, one of its luxury liners, can accommodate up to 2,800 passengers and 1,100 crew members. We’re confident that we can surpass last year’s 99,147 foreign travelers in Region I,” Roque said, citing the Accommodation Establishment Data of the Department of Tourism (DOT).
He also assured that the government, through the DOT, would assist in the building of a world-class port facility in Currimao, Ilocos Norte.
“Kung nagkaroon po tayo ng mas magandang puerto dito sa Currimao, we can expect more cruise liners to call on the Currimao port,” Roque added.
Roque also congratulated Ilocos for marking its 200th founding anniversary. He particularly noted the Broadway-like production of the Tan-ok ni Ilokano Festival in Laoag.
“That is one of the best festivals that I’ve ever witnessed, bordering on probably the best,” Roque said.