CCCI joins appeal to Qatar Airways


09:19 AM March 2nd, 2012

March 2nd, 2012 09:19 AM

THE Cebu Chamber of Commerce and Industry (CCCI) has joined the appeal of tourism industry stakeholders, the Cebu City Council and the Cebu Provincial Board for Qatar Airways to reconsider its decision to suspend its Doha-Cebu flights.

The CCCI wrote a letter to Qatar Airways addressed to Mohammed El Emam, its commercial manager.

The CCCI said that the suspension of the flights starting March 26 would have an adverse effect on the economy of Central Visayas.

“The Hotel and Restaurants Associations in Cebu (HRRAC), the Cebu Tourism Association, the Philippine Retailers in Cebu, the Philippine Association of Real Estate Brokers in Cebu, and the different sectoral organizations who are members of the Cebu Chamber of Commerce and Industry greatly recognized the tremendous participation of Qatar Airways in transforming Cebu as the business and tourism hub in the country and in the Asia-Pacific,” said Consul Samuel Chioson, CCCI president, in the letter.

“We do understand the factors that triggered Qatar Airways to suspend its flights to our island, but we are in dire need of the services of your airways to connect us directly to and from Europe. Therefore, in behalf of the Cebu Chamber of Commerce and Industry, we hereby appeal for reconsideration not to suspend flights to Cebu,” Chioson said. /Correspondent Carmel Loise Matus

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