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New 2GO ship to go on domestic service in May

  • 2GO Travel, the sea travel unit of 2GO Group, Inc., has acquired a new vessel from Japan set to sail on its maiden voyage on Philippine waters in May
  • The ship will be part of 2GO’s fleet of 10 roll-on/roll-off (RoPax) and freighter vessels, sailing to 20 major ports of call nationwide

2GO Travel, the sea travel unit of 2GO Group, Inc., has acquired a new vessel from Japan set to sail on its maiden voyage on Philippine waters in May.

The ship will be part of 2GO’s fleet of 10 roll-on/roll-off (RoPax) and freighter vessels, sailing to 20 major ports of call nationwide.

“This new acquisition is part of our continuing efforts to upgrade our fleet, modernize our operations, and provide a better passenger experience in sea travel. As destinations reopen its doors to local tourists, we are ready to bring Filipinos to their favorite Philippine islands,” 2GO assistant vice president for marketing Blessie Cruz said in a statement.

As part of the pre-launch, 2GO Travel is offering discounted tickets until May 3, 2021 for June 1 to December 15, 2021 voyages.

One-way travel fare from Batangas to Caticlan and Roxas is only P299, with a 50-kilogram baggage allowance. Meanwhile, travel from Manila to Bacolod, Cebu, Coron, Iloilo, Dumaguete, and Puerto Princesa can go as low as P399, whereas routes from Manila to Butuan, Iligan, Ozamiz, Zamboanga, Cagayan de Oro are at P499.

Aside from fleet expansion, 2GO Travel has also activated more than 20 online and offline payment channels to support a safer and more convenient ticket booking experience for passengers.

2GO Travel is operating nonstop voyages to all its ports of call amid quarantine restrictions. All passengers, however, must wear personal protective equipment and practice social distancing from check-in and boarding to disembarkation.

2GO earlier said its various business units were significantly affected by quarantine restrictions imposed since last year, limiting business operations in Luzon and in many other parts of the country for most of 2020.

READ: Pandemic hands 2GO P1.8B net loss in 2020

Last year, travel revenues declined 78% to P839.139 million from P3.741 billion in 2019 due to ongoing quarantine-related travel restrictions which began in mid-March and persisted throughout the rest of the year.

For 2021, 2GO will continue its corporate governance initiatives and service enhancements. The group plans to further streamline operations and collaborate within its business units, invest in warehousing and logistics information technology solutions for customers, and improve synergies and best practices with its new shareholders.

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