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Makati supports PH-Malaysia tourism tieup

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Makati City Mayor Abby Binay expressed her full support for the tourism partnership between the Philippines and Malaysia during a significant event held at Dusit Thani. The initiative aims to strengthen the economies of both countries and facilitate their recovery from the ongoing pandemic.

The launch of the Tourism Manila Sales Mission to the Philippines served as a platform for Vice Mayor Monique Lagdameo to emphasize Makati City's readiness to collaborate with Malaysia and other Southeast Asian nations. The goal is to enhance tourism efforts within the ASEAN region, fostering economic growth and cultural exchange.

The event witnessed the presence of esteemed guests, including Malaysian Ambassador Dato' Abdul Malik Melvin Castelino, Tourism Malaysia director-general Dato' Dr. Ammar Ghapar, Makati International Relations Department head Ichi Yabut, and various tourism operators.


In her statement, Mayor Abby highlighted the significance of partnership and collaboration in revitalizing the tourism industry. She acknowledged the challenges brought about by the pandemic but remained optimistic about the sector's potential to bounce back through strategic alliances with neighboring countries.

The tourism partnership between the Philippines and Malaysia holds great promise for both nations. By joining forces, they can leverage each other's strengths and collectively attract more visitors, creating a positive ripple effect on the local economies.

Mayor Abby's expression of support reflects her administration's commitment to fostering international cooperation and exploring opportunities for economic recovery. Recognizing the importance of tourism as a vital contributor to employment and revenue generation, she emphasized the need to rebuild the sector while ensuring the health and safety of tourists and local communities.

Mayor Abby, along with Vice Mayor Lagdameo, reaffirmed their commitment to advancing the tourism industry and fostering strong bilateral ties with Malaysia. By joining forces, they aim to stimulate economic growth, create employment opportunities, and contribute to the overall development of the ASEAN tourism landscape.


The launch of the Tourism Manila Sales Mission to the Philippines marked a significant milestone in the pursuit of a fruitful partnership between the two nations. With the spirit of cooperation and collaboration driving their efforts, the future of tourism in both the Philippines and Malaysia looks promising, heralding a new era of prosperity and success.

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