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THE Department of Tourism braces for a surge following the International Civil Aviation Organization report lifting the Significant Safety Concerns to upgrade standards in aviation safety. In a statement issued Monday, the DOT said this would allow local carriers to mount flights to long-haul markets such as the US and Europe, and foreign and local tourists to travel domestically with even greater confidence. Tourism Secretary Ramon Jimenez said this development will help achieve the 10-million visitors targeted for 2016. “Now that opportunities and the global spotlight are shifting to our side of the world, we must continue to build on this momentum by implementing key reforms that would push and sustain the country’s growth,” he said. The DOT thanked  Civil Aviation Authority Director General William Hotchkiss III and his entire team for instituting needed reforms. “We also congratulate Transportation Secretary Jun Abaya, as well as Former DOTC now DILG Secretary Mar Roxas, for their tireless efforts in boosting the image of the Philippines as a safe and enjoyable tourism destination,” said Jimenez.
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