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Ibaraki direct flights talks on

A high-level delegation from the Ibaraki Prefecture in Japan is arriving in Negros Occidental on May 28 to discuss the establishment of direct flights between Ibaraki and Negros Occidental, Gov. Alfredo Marañon Jr. said yesterday.

Marañon sent Ellen Marie Jalandoni and Beverly de Oca to Ibaraki Prefecture on April 22 to meet with Governor Masaru Hashimoto.

They discussed the proposed Ibaraki, Japan Direct Chartered Flights to the Bacolod-Silay Airport, together with the Airport Promotion Division and the International Tourism Division there, Jalandoni said.

They also presented the different tourism destinations in Negros Occidental, especially Mambukal Resort and the proposed medical-tourism in Sipalay City, she added.

Hashimoto and the Negros delegates also exchanged opinions on an English as Second Language (ESL) Program. The Ibaraki governor is very optimistic about developing partnerships between universities in Ibaraki and Negros Occidental, increasing the student and tourist exchange, to have more opportunities, and to improve the relationship between these two provinces, Jalandoni said.

On May 28-31, Marañon and former Bacolod Congressman John Orola will host the Ibaraki delegation, headed by Dr. Hideya Terunuma, in Negros Occidental.

The group will be composed of Ibaraki officials, Japan External Trade Organization, Japan Travel Bureau, the president of the Ibaraki Christian University, travel agencies, and the Ibaraki newspaper.

The familiarization tour in Negros Occidental will include visits to Sipalay City, Mambukal Resort, different universities in Bacolod City, and other tourism attractions of the province, Jalandoni said.*CPG


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