Clark Is Asia’s Next Aerotropolis

Clark International Airport Corp. (CIAC) president and CEO Victor Jose Luciano has stressed the urgency to develop Clark International Airport as an aviation hub because the world's economic center of gravity is rapidly moving eastward.

Luciano said this as Clark takes centerstage with the holding of a two-day Clark Aviation Conference 2013 on February 21-22 this year.

With the theme ''The Case for Asia's Next Aerotropolis'', the trade gathering will examine Clark's compelling case as an aerotropolis, an idea in community planning where airports serve as the center for new cities growing around them. CIAC has partnered with Global Gateway Logistics City.

''The event will highlight Clark International Airport's critical role in easing air traffic congestion in Manila and driving economic expansion in Central Luzon. It will also identify infrastructure and policy developments at Clark Freeport Zone that are designed to attract airport-related businesses and investments,'' said Luciano.

''More importantly, the conference is a call for the full development of Clark International Airport as an aviation nerve center in light of the economic growth in Asia.''

The convention targets international investors, logistics and supply chain executives, tourism stakeholders, airline officials, import and export managers, and members of the academe. They are expected to gain insights into Clark's potentials as an aviation and investment destination in Asia and understand better its increasing role in national and regional development.

Heads of government agencies-including the trade, tourism, and transportation and communications departments as well as the Bases Conversion and Development Authority-and private-sector representatives will look at Clark's prospects as an aviation and investment destination in Asia, even as they examine pressing aviation and tourism concerns and propose sustainable and long-term solutions.

Keynote speaker is Greg Lindsay, the US-based co-author of the bestselling book, Aerotropolis, The Way We'll Live Next. Other speakers include Daniel Corpuz, Tourism Undersecretary; John Forbes of the Joint Foreign Chambers of Commerce; Narzalina Lim, former Tourism Secretary; and Capt Benjamin Solis, adviser of CIAC.