[29 June 2017] Mobile services provider Smart Communications has teamed up with the Philippines’ leading carrier, Cebu Pacific Air (PSE: CEB) to welcome tourists with a special prepaid SIM card that caters to the need of foreign travelers to stay connected and share their travel experiences online.
Smart and Cebu Pacific have teamed up to welcome inbound foreign tourists with a complimentary Cebu Pacific – Smart LTE Tourist SIM with awesome perks and treats. Celebrating the partnership are (from left): Smart head of Community Engagement and Partnerships Gabby R. Cui; Smart Prepaid Head Gerard Milan; PLDT Vice President & Corporate Relationship Management Head Jay C. Lagdameo; Senior Vice President and Head of Smart Sales & Distribution Alex O. Caeg; Cebu Pacific Vice President for Marketing and Distribution Candice Iyog; Cebu Pacific Vice President for Corporate Affairs Atty JR Mantaring; Cebu Pacific Director for Marketing Blessie Cruz and Cebu Pacific Marketing Manager for Domestic Promotions Jackie Gorospe.
Starting July 2017 until supplies last, foreign tourists flying to the Philippines via Cebu Pacific from China, Hong Kong, Japan, South Korea, and Taiwan will get a complimentary Cebu Pacific-Smart LTE Tourist SIM, which they can activate upon arrival in the country. The Cebu Pacific-Smart LTE Tourist SIM will also be made available through major travel fairs to be held in these destinations.
Tourists may enjoy up to 1GB of data with each Cebu Pacific-Smart LTE Tourist SIM, which comes with 300MB data valid for three days, plus 700MB data reward when they top up at least Php30 within three days of activation. With this SIM, tourists will get to have at their fingertips all the travel information and practical apps they need for a smooth getaway—they can confirm their flights and accommodations, book a ride with Uber, check the weather, stay updated with the local news, and search for helpful tips and recommended itineraries from fellow travelers – anytime and anywhere.
"The Cebu Pacific-Smart Tourist SIM is our way of thanking foreign tourists for flying with Cebu Pacific and exploring all that the Philippines has to offer. With this partnership, guests can experience seamless inter-island connectivity through our widest route network across 37 domestic destinations; and post about their travel experiences around the Philippines, real-time,” said Candice Iyog, Vice President for Marketing and Distribution of Cebu Pacific.
Tourists can also rely on Smart’s newest and fastest LTE network to instantly connect with their friends and loved ones to keep them updated on their whereabouts, and instantly share their memorable experiences through social media apps like Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, and Twitter, among others.
"Reliable and fast mobile connectivity is essential for an enriching travel experience, and Smart's special partnership with Cebu Pacific allows us to empower tourists with all the mobile services they need for a convenient, fun, and enjoyable stay in the Philippines," said Eric R. Alberto, PLDT and Smart EVP and Chief Revenue Officer.
The Cebu Pacific-Smart LTE Tourist SIM also comes with 30 days access to the iflix streaming site and app, where tourists can choose from a treasure trove of hit series and films across a wide range of genres. With iflix, tourists can easily stream during their free time, be it while waiting for their next adventure or while navigating to their next destination.
The SIM also comes with up to PHP100 discount from Uber, a ridesharing service that offers a safe and convenient commute for tourists wherever they may be headed.
"Smart and Cebu Pacific share the same vision of providing foreign tourists with memorable trips, and what better way to welcome them than with a complimentary Cebu Pacific –Smart LTE Tourist SIM that enables them to not only stay in touch with their loved ones, but also update their social media accounts, and access all the information they need to maximize their experience,” said Alex O. Caeg, SVP and Head of Smart Sales & Distribution.
In the first quarter of 2017, over 1.78 Million tourists visited the Philippines, with the bulk coming from South Korea, China and Japan.