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Smart Rolls out Google Station in Intramuros, Luneta!

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Smart Communications, Inc. signed an agreement with the Intramuros Administration and the National Parks Development Committee to boost tourism in the City of Manila by rolling out free Wi-Fi services via Google Station in key public areas inside the Walled City and Rizal Park.

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PLDT-Smart executives led by Smart President Alfredo S. Panlilio and Head of Enterprise Juan Victor I. Hernandez signed the agreement with Tourism Secretary Bernadette Romulo-Puyat, IA Administrator Atty Guiller B. Asido, and NPDC Executive Director Cecille Lorenzana-Romero.

Tourism Secretary Bernadette Romulo-Puyat, PLDT chief revenue officer and Smart president Alfredo S. Panlilio, and PLDT Enterprise head Juan Victor Hernandez graced the signing ceremonies recently held in Rizal Park. Also at the ceremonies were IA administrator Atty Guiller B. Asido and NPDC Executive Director Cecille Lorenzana-Romero.

Smart together with InnoPub Media are working with the Intramuros Administration to roll out interactive tourism markers powered by QR codes and Near Field Communication (NFC) technology as part of its nationwide Digital Tourism Program.

The markers and the newly released Intramuros Administration mobile application aim to promote historical and cultural tourism by providing tourists relevant information using one of the most important travel tools of today—the smartphone.

Under the agreement, Smart will deploy fast, free and open Wi-Fi connectivity from Google Station at the Plaza Dilao, Casa Manila, Museo de Intramuros, Plaza Roma, and Fort Santiago, as well as across Luneta.

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“We are happy to partner with the government to further enhance its ability to deliver quality services for the Filipino people through connectivity, and to contribute to efforts in preserving history and making historical information more accessible to everyone,” said Panlilio.
“This partnership with the Department of Tourism, Intramuros Administration, and the National Parks Development Committee is a testament to PLDT-Smart’s commitment to boosting the Philippine tourism industry,” said Hernandez. “We look forward to helping Secretary Puyat and the DOT in their tourism efforts across the country.”
Once up, these venues will join the growing list of more than 400 Google Station venues around the country announced by Smart and Google Philippines earlier this year.

Google Station is also available in other heavy foot-traffic areas such as airports and other transportation hubs like bus stations and seaports, hospitals, and malls across the country.

The digital tourism program is a project of Smart and InnoPub Media in collaboration with various stakeholders such as DOT, NCCA, local government units, tourism offices, and dioceses. Launched in 2012 in Cebu, it has been implemented in Antique, Baguio City, Bicol Region, Davao, and Metro Manila, among other areas.

The nationwide rollout of Google Station complements Smart’s ongoing network expansion and modernization program across the Philippines.
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