Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Hong Kong tourist arrivals seen to rise

MANILA, Philippines – Tourist arrivals from Hong Kong are expected to increase further following the resolution of a long-running dispute over a hostage crisis that started in 2010. More here: Hong Kong tourist arrivals seen to rise

No tourist draw, Malang the croc will remain wild

The crocodile named Malang will no longer be a tourist attraction. More here: No tourist draw, Malang the croc will remain wild

'Most sorrowful regret'

Hong Kong yesterday lifted the black travel alert and diplomatic sanctions imposed on the Philippines after family members and survivors of the 2010 Manila bus hostage incident accepted the Philippines' "most sorrowful regret, profound sympathy and sincere condolences." More here: 'Most sorrowful regret'

Editorial: Greater German investments in Philippines

The Department of Finance (DOF) pushed for greater German investments in the Philippines during the recent German Asia-Pacific Business Association (OAV) Liebesmahl event in Hamburg, Germany, attended by over 500 German business executives of the OAV. The DOF stressed the need for greater business collaboration between the Germany and the Philippines and for the creation of a German House in ... More here: Editorial: Greater German investments in Philippines

Philippines' oldest artworks in danger of disappearing

BINANGONAN (Philippines) (AFP) - On a small rock wall a short drive from the Philippine capital, enigmatic carvings that are believed to date back 5,000 years are in danger of disappearing before their mysteries can be solved. The 127 engravings of people, animals and geometric shapes are the Southeast Asian nation's oldest known artworks, but encroaching urbanisation, vandals and the ravages of ... More here: Philippines' oldest artworks in danger of disappearing

Manila, HK settle 2010 spat

HONG KONG -- Hong Kong yesterday scrapped travel sanctions against the Philippines after Manila offered an apology and compensation for a hostage tragedy almost four years ago, settling a lengthy diplomatic spat between the two. More here: Manila, HK settle 2010 spat

Philippines Arrests Extremist In Malaysia Resort Kidnapping

A Chinese tourist and a Filipina resort worker were seized by suspected Abu Sayyaf members from a Malaysian resort earlier this month. Pic: Reuters ZAMBOANGA: Philippine forces today arrested a Muslim extremist believed to have taken part in the kidnapping of 21 people from a Malaysian resort in 2000, a senior commander said. More here: Philippines Arrests Extremist In Malaysia Resort Kidnapping