Effective August 1, 2012, NAIA Terminal 3, NAIA Terminal 2, and Old Manila Domestic Airport will no longer collect terminal fees. Instead, domestic terminal fee of Php 200 will be collected by your Airline Companies upon purchase of your airline ticket.
Airlines will simply remit the money to Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA) who uses the funds for airport maintenance and daily operational costs.
The purpose of this new scheme is to minimize the hassle for departing passengers, who have to go through several checkpoints before boarding their flights. According to MIAA General Manager Jose Honrado, the Philippines is just one of two countries that continue to collect terminal fees in airports.
The Department of Tourism (DOT) is launching a new brand campaign to attract visitors to the country with the line - ‘It’s more fun in the Philippines.’
Focusing on the country’s core strength, the campaign singles out what no other destination can offer - and that is the Filipino people.
For example, the Lonely Planet guidebook calls Filipinos ‘among the most easygoing and ebullient people anywhere.’
“Our strategy is simple: while other countries invite you to observe, Filipinos can promise a more heartfelt and interesting experience. Wherever you go, whatever you do in the country, it’s the Filipinos that will complete your vacation and will make your holiday unforgettable,” says the new Tourism Secretary, Ramon Jimenez, Jr.