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Manado-Davao direct flight set to bring more foreign tourists to North Sulawesi

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Manado   /   Mon, October 7, 2019   /  03:52 pm
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A woman snorkels in North Sulawesi waters. The North Sulawesi administration hopes the recent opening of a direct flight between Manado and Davao in the Philippines will help increase the number of foreign tourists visiting the province(Shutterstock/soft_light)

With the opening of a direct flight between Manado, North Sulawesi, and Davao in the Philippines, the Indonesian province expects to see a sharp increase in the number of foreign tourists. The Tourism Ministry’s marketing development deputy assistant for region I, Rizki Handayani, said the opening of the direct flight gave North Sulawesi an opportunity to attract foreign tourists not only from the Philippines but also from other countries. "Davao is one of the Philippines' tourist cities. About 1 million tourists from South Korea visit the Philippines every year, not to mention other foreign tourists from countries such as Japan and the United States. This provides great potential," Rizki  told Kompas.com following the inauguration of Indonesian flag carrier Garuda Indonesia’s direct flight between the two cities on Sept. 27. Garuda Indon...