Cagayan Valley and Northern Philippine Islands

Department of Tourism Region 2 Celebrates First Post-Pandemic Arrival from Macau, China

The Department of Tourism Region 2 (DOT Region 2) proudly welcomed 130 guests aboard Royal Air on June 21, 2023, marking a significant milestone as the first international arrival in the region since the onset of the global pandemic. The event took place at the Cagayan North International Airport (CNIA), located in Lal-lo, Cagayan.

DOT Region 2 officials and staff extended a heartfelt welcome to the guests from Macau, China. To add a touch of local charm, the DOT personnel adorned the guests with exquisite leis made from recycled paper beads sourced from Quezon, Isabela, reflecting the region’s commitment to sustainability and environmental consciousness.

The welcome reception was made even more memorable with a captivating cultural performance by the talented students of Lal-lo National High School. Their engaging showcase of local culture and creativity truly showcased the rich heritage and artistic flair of the region.

Furthermore, starting from June 21, 2023, Royal Air will be operating international routes from Macau to Lal-lo, as well as local routes connecting Lal-lo to Manila. The international flights will be available every Wednesday and Saturday, offering convenient travel options for visitors and residents alike.

The arrival of Royal Air signifies a moment of renewed hope and resilience for the tourism industry in region 2. As the region begins its journey towards recovery and reinvigoration, this milestone serves as a testament to the collective efforts made to ensure the safety and well-being of both visitors and locals.


The Department of Tourism Region 2 would like to extend its deepest gratitude to Royal Air for their commitment to connecting Macau and Lal-lo, as well as Manila and Lal-lo. These new flight routes will undoubtedly enhance tourism opportunities, promote cultural exchange, and contribute to the economic growth of the region.

As DOT Region 2 embraces the return of international arrivals and the resurgence of domestic tourism, it remains steadfast in its commitment to provide world-class experiences, while prioritizing the health, safety, and well-being of all travelers. #

Source: Department of Tourism, Region 2
June 22, 2023

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