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Filipino transportation secretary retires to spend more time with family

August 12, 2011

Traveling for work isn't for everyone, and the Philippines' tourism secretary Alberto Lim recently decided that he was not an on-the-go type of guy and announced that he would be stepping down at the end of the month.

"I would like to spend more time with my family," he announced last Friday, according to ABS-CBN News. "My responsibility requires a great deal of travel away from my loved ones."

Lim has done a great deal for the Filipino tourism industry, as well as the international business sector. He cites his greatest accomplishment as initiating the pocket open skies policy, which opened up the Filipino travel market to foreign-owned airlines. This policy let the rest of the world know that the Philippines was ready and willing to get involved in international business, and it subsequently brought more business to the island nation, the news source reports.

During Lim's service, the amount of foreign visitors to the Philippines grew by more than half a million, many of which were there for business, The Philippine Star reports. Staying in touch with loved ones is one of the most important things to travelers, and calling cards to the Philippines can help businesspeople remain close with their friends and family, even when they are separated by great distances.

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