After a 3-year hiatus, the tourism industry at the Subic Bay Freeport is now on its feet as a cruise ship from Xiamen, China made its maiden voyage to the Subic Bay Freeport with a thousand passengers.
The Blue Dream Star is the first luxury vessel of the eleven scheduled voyages to drop anchor at the Freeport from October 12 to November 21, 2023. The said cruise line is the first to offer outbound cruises from China since the onset of the pandemic.
The arrival of this cruise ship was made possible through the determination and keen efforts of SBMA Chairman and Administrator Jonathan Tan, whose thrust is to boost the tourism industry in the Freeport.
Yesterday, Malacañang issued Executive Order Nos. 271 and 72 regarding the admission and stay of foreign nationals in the Subic Bay Freeport Zone as temporary visitors, who can stay for a maximum period of 14 days. Ten more cruise ships are expected to arrive at Subic Bay bringing approximately 20 thousand tourists to the Freeport.