Why is the Philippines the next best place for Disneyland? Disneyland is said to be the happiest place on earth. Walt Disney once said, “To all who come to this happy place: Welcome. Disneyland is your land. Here age relives fond memories of the past, and here youth may savor the challenge and promise of the future. Disneyland is dedicated to the ideals, the dreams, and the hard facts that have created America, with the hope that it will be a source of joy and inspiration to all the world.”
Both children and adults enjoy this popular theme park whether it’s located in the US, Europe, or Asia. The Philippines is one of the best options for a new Disneyland here in Asia, following Tokyo, Hong Kong, and Shanghai.
Here are some of the reasons why: The location. When First District Rep. Carmelo "Tarzan" Lazatin wrote to Robert Iger, chairman and CEO of The Walt Disney Company to establish the next Disney theme park in the Philippines, he offered him Clark’s 4,400-hectare main zone and 27,600-hectare subzone.
In his letter last April 11, Lazatin said, "Aside from the huge space it provides, the Clark Freeport Zone can be an attractive destination for Disneyland theme park because of the tax-free privileges given to locators.”
Another great thing about this location is the Clark International Airport which is truly a world-class airport. This will make the theme park more convenient and accessible to tourists. He added, "The airport will be making it easier for tourists to enjoy the amenities and entertainment Disneyland is famous for without the hassles of long travels."
The people. The Philippines boasts of its hospitable citizens. Filipinos are very accommodating regardless if you’re a foreigner or a native. They are also hardworking and dedicated. Should Disney need a pool of employees for Disneyland, the Filipinos will not disappoint them.
They are also natural-born entertainers. Almost all Filipinos know how to sing. Disneyland will not run out of talents to cast when they’re in the Philippines. Lazatin added that hotel accommodations won’t be a problem since Clark has the best hotels in the area.
He also said that the Philippines is a favorite tourist destination in Southeast Asia, averaging four million visitors per year. "Together with our population of more than 90 million Filipinos, a Disneyland theme park in the Philippines could be a major income generating site for your company," he stated.
That being said, it only means that the country has 90 million potential customers, employees, and performers.
The booming economy. Building a theme park is still a business at its very core. Disney will be pleased to know that the Philippines’ first quarter economic growth is 6.4% which is the fastest growth in Asia next only to China. No one was expecting that vigorous growth in the country’s economy.
Aside from that, Forbes Asia announced that the 40 richest Filipinos, led by mall mogul Henry Sy, showed a collective increase in wealth, jumping 37.8% from USD 13 billion to USD 47.4 billion. To top it all, the country’s gross domestic product or the total income earned domestically rose to PHP 732 billion or USD 17 billion in 2011.
The Philippines’ robust economy is steadily gaining momentum and the best time to capitalize on this is now. The Philippines is more than ready for Disneyland. It is probably the next best location for the theme park. The Disney management should consider Lazatin’s proposal and visit the country themselves so they can see the tax-free sprawling location, meet the hospitable people, and see the economic growth of the entire country. It’s more than worth it to establish Disneyland in the Philippines.
The author, Ann Joy Perez is an alumna from Arellano University Philippines, a former Marketing Assistant and a 25 year old, single. She is into almost all types of Music especially love songs. She also loves playing basketball, video games, watching entertainment and films, watching news tv and reading newspapers is one of her favorite hobby. She also loves to eat. Follow her interest on her Tumblr.