Friday, February 28, 2014

Advertising.my to Launch Travel and SMS Portal for the Philippines

Advertising.my is one of the major agencies involved in the advertising and marketing sector with a strong and focused commitment in the travel and tourism industry. (PRWeb February 28, 2014) Read the full story at http://ift.tt/Nc6gCD More here: Advertising.my to Launch Travel and SMS Portal for the Philippines

Thursday, February 27, 2014

Impressive public turnout at AirAsia Travel Fair’s opening day!

SPONSORED AND POSTED BY Air Asia Brought to you by: 20% off all seats on all flights throughout the duration of the travel fair, for travel period from 1 March – 30 September 2014 PETALING JAYA, 28 February 2014 – AirAsia’s very first travel expo, the AirAsia Travel Fair (AATF), received an impressive public turnout [...] More here: Impressive public turnout at AirAsia Travel Fair’s opening day!

Philippines allays ‘flesh eating’ disease fears

Fears of epidemic spreading had caused panic among residents in Central Luzon More here: Philippines allays ‘flesh eating’ disease fears

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Travel Photo of the Day

Each day, CNN producers select a user-submitted photo to be our Travel Photo of the Day. Click through the gallery above to see stunning shots from around the world, and be sure to come back every day for a new image. Have a gorgeous travel photo of your own to share? Submit it for the gallery at CNN iReport! More here: Travel Photo of the Day

Information: New milestone in tourist arrivals

Foreign tourist arrivals reached a new milestone in 2013 when it reached 4,681,307, 9.56% over the 4,272,811 in 2012. The highest growth rate was recorded in February (15.8%), June (14.0%), and August (13.0%). South Korea was the biggest source market with 24.9% for 1.17 million arrivals. United States of America (USA) had the second biggest contribution at 674,564, followed by Japan with 433 ... More here: Information: New milestone in tourist arrivals

Travel Gadget: Smart Bro’s new student and budget traveler-friendly laptop bundles

Are you budget traveler who is currently in search for an affordable travel gadget that will let you connect online while on the road? Smart Bro Gadget Plus Plans is making it easy for students and budget travelers around the Philippines to get the latest affordable gadgets with the unveiling of its latest laptop bundles, […] No visits yet The post Travel Gadget: Smart Bro’s new student and ... More here: Travel Gadget: Smart Bro’s new student and budget traveler-friendly laptop bundles

Information: New milestone in tourist arrivals

Foreign tourist arrivals reached a new milestone in 2013 when it reached 4,681,307, 9.56% over the 4,272,811 in 2012. The highest growth rate was recorded in February (15.8%), June (14.0%), and August (13.0%). South Korea was the biggest source market with 24.9% for 1.17 million arrivals. United States of America (USA) had the second biggest […] More here: Information: New milestone in tourist arrivals

Mining, agriculture lagging behind rest of PH economy, say foreign businessmen

Despite the progress achieved in making the Philippines more competitive, government efforts to improve the agriculture and mining sectors are sorely lacking, the Joint Foreign Chambers of the Philippines said today. More here: Mining, agriculture lagging behind rest of PH economy, say foreign businessmen

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Infographic: How is the Philippines doing in terms of global competitiveness?

How is the Philippines doing in terms of global competitiveness, corruption perception, economic freedom, travel and tourism, global innovation, and information technology? More here: Infographic: How is the Philippines doing in terms of global competitiveness?

Philippines protests China water cannon attack

PHILIPPINES - Manila says regional peace is threatened The Philippines on Tuesday strongly protested China's water cannon attack on Filipino fishermen in a disputed shoal nearly a month ago, citing how such acts "escalate tensions" and "threaten the peace" in the region. Lt. Col. Ramon Zagala, spokesman of the Armed Forces of the Philippines, told reporters that while the Chinese action was ... More here: Philippines protests China water cannon attack

Philippines protests China water cannon attack

PHILIPPINES - Manila says regional peace is threatened The Philippines on Tuesday strongly protested China's water cannon attack on Filipino fishermen in a disputed shoal nearly a month ago, citing how such acts "escalate tensions" and "threaten the peace" in the region. Lt. Col. Ramon Zagala, spokesman of the Armed Forces of the Philippines, told reporters that while the Chinese action was ... More here: Philippines protests China water cannon attack

Low-Cost Carriers account for 80% of seats in domestic flights

Low Cost Carriers (LCCs) dominate the local market, with 8 out of 10 seats in domestic flights. In fact, the Philippine penetration of the budget airline market is the biggest globally, making the country the world’s LCC capital, Tiger Air Philippines CEO Olive Ramos CEO told delegates in the recent International Tourist and Hospitality Students Convention in Baguio City. And while 2013 was a ... More here: Low-Cost Carriers account for 80% of seats in domestic flights

Leading recruitment firm in Asia opens office here

Andrew Chan, Founder and CEO of ACI HR Solutions Limited, a travel, Tourism, hospitality and lifestyle executive search and recruitment firm in Asia, has announced the opening of their first franchise operations in Manila, Philippines. Robert Lim Joseph and Ms. Deedee Ledonio were announced as the new franchisees by Mr. Chan. More here: Leading recruitment firm in Asia opens office here

Philippines protests Chinese use of water cannon

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — The Philippine government lodged a diplomatic protest to a top Chinese envoy Tuesday after Filipino fishermen said a Chinese coast guard vessel fired from its water cannon to drive their boats off a hotly disputed shoal in the South China Sea. More here: Philippines protests Chinese use of water cannon

Monday, February 24, 2014

Philippines protest Chinese water cannon attack

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — The Philippine government summoned China's top envoy in Manila on Tuesday to protest what it said was the firing of a water cannon by a Chinese government vessel to drive away Filipino fishermen in a disputed shoal in the South China Sea, the latest barb in their territorial rift. More here: Philippines protest Chinese water cannon attack

Leading recruitment firm in Asia opens office here

Andrew Chan, Founder and CEO of ACI HR Solutions Limited, a travel, Tourism, hospitality and lifestyle executive search and recruitment firm in Asia, has announced the opening of their first franchise operations in Manila, Philippines. The new joint managing directors of ACI HR Solutions in the Philippines, Consul General a.h. Robert Lim Joseph and Ms. […] More here: Leading recruitment firm in Asia opens office here

Sunday, February 23, 2014

WA measles spike ‘from Philippines’

HIGHEST rate of measles cases in WA since 2006 is blamed on recent travel to the Philippines. More here: WA measles spike ‘from Philippines’

WA measles spike blamed on Philippines

There's been the biggest spike in measles cases in WA in eight years, and it is being blamed on travellers bringing the disease home from the Philippines. More here: WA measles spike blamed on Philippines

Measles spike blamed on Philippines

There's been the biggest spike in measles cases in WA in eight years, and it is being blamed on travellers bringing the disease home from the Philippines. More here: Measles spike blamed on Philippines

US lawmakers to visit PH next week

Manila, Philippines - A new bipartisan United States congressional delegation (codel) will visit the Philippines next week amid intensified efforts of US President Barack Obama’s administration to push its Asia pivot agenda. The eight-member codel will leave Washington, DC Saturday (Sunday Manila time) for the 10-day travel to Asia. Aside from the Philippines, the US lawmakers, led by House ... More here: US lawmakers to visit PH next week

How to Travel in the Philippines Cheaply but Safely

Philippines is an archipelago, consisting of 7,107 islands located in South East Asia. Its remote location seems to be less attractive to some backpackers, as these nomads prefer to traverse the popular overland backpacking hotspots like Thailand, Malaysia and Vietnam. Traveling to Philippines requires careful planning as there are a lot of places to be […] No visits yet The post How to Travel ... More here: How to Travel in the Philippines Cheaply but Safely

Camarines Sur tourism figures down

After years of growth in tourist arrivals since 2006, Camarines Sur suffered a decline in number of tourists in 2013 partly due to the lack of activities in the province’s top tourist attraction, CamSur Watersports Complex (CWC). More here: Camarines Sur tourism figures down

PH Resort, among T+L’s best places to travel in 2014

The Philippines has yet again been recognized as one of the best places for travel in 2014 by Travel + Leisure’s (T+L) US and Southeast Asian editions, an influential travel magazine with a global readership of five million. Along with 24 other destinations in the world, El Nido Resort’s Pangulasian Island, situated in El Nido, Palawan’s Bacuit Bay, was featured in the magazine along with: Cape ... More here: PH Resort, among T+L’s best places to travel in 2014

Saturday, February 22, 2014

The Philippines: back on the map

When I was a kid, hungry for travel and terrified of becoming landlocked, I would imagine the sunset clouds as islands in a distant sea. More here: The Philippines: back on the map

Skyway project to accelerate travel

Manila, Philippines -- Motorists can enjoy faster road travel at reasonable toll fees once the construction of the Skyway 3 project is finished, MalacaƱang said Friday. Presidential Communication Operations Office Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr., however, said they would not force the public to use the planned elevated skyway that would connect the North Luzon Expressway and South Luzon Expressway ... More here: Skyway project to accelerate travel

Friday, February 21, 2014

'Tourists get value for money in Phl'

MANILA, Philippines - The Philippines has again been recognized as one of the top 10 places in the world to visit, where tourists get “value for their money.” More here: 'Tourists get value for money in Phl'

Taylor Swift Adds Japan Date to Asian Leg of RED Tour

Taylor Swift has added a Tokyo, Japan date to the Southeast Asia leg of her RED Tour. Kicking off in Tokyo on June 1, the tour will travel through Indonesia, the Philippines, Thailand, Malaysia and Singapore. The RED Tour spent much of 2013 covering North America, Australia and New Zealand, and recently wrapped a run [...] More here: Taylor Swift Adds Japan Date to Asian Leg of RED Tour

Thursday, February 20, 2014

Fake tourist guides nabbed in Davao

At least 16 mountaineers from Manila fell victim to a group of tourist guide-poseurs here but their sad experience still ended up in celebration after they were allowed to proceed to Mt. Apo on Thursday – for free. More here: Fake tourist guides nabbed in Davao

‘Butanding’ back in Quezon waters after 20 yrs

Whale sharks, the world’s largest fish and one of the country’s top tourist drawers, are back in the waters of Quezon province after more than 20 years. More here: ‘Butanding’ back in Quezon waters after 20 yrs

Meet your Funbassador Candidates

Who among these fun-loving contestants from Malaysia will get to travel to the Philippines for free and go on an exciting adventure? More here: Meet your Funbassador Candidates

Philippines to deport American fugitive

Phillip Vaughn Cox wanted in the US for allegedly raping a minor in 2001 More here: Philippines to deport American fugitive

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Meet your Funbassador Candidates

Who among these fun-loving contestants from Singapore will get to travel to the Philippines for free and go on a fun adventure? More here: Meet your Funbassador Candidates

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A Korean tourist was shot to death by an unidentified gunman in northern Philippine on Tuesday. It is the first time that a Korean tourist, not an ethnic Korean living in the country, has been shot to death. More here: donga.com[English donga]

US lawmakers to visit PH next week

Manila, Philippines - A new bipartisan United States congressional delegation (codel) will visit the Philippines next week amid intensified efforts of US President Barack Obama’s administration to push its Asia pivot agenda. The eight-member codel will leave Washington, DC Saturday (Sunday Manila time) for the 10-day travel to Asia. Aside from the Philippines, the US lawmakers, led by House ... More here: US lawmakers to visit PH next week

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Dispatch: Challenge Philippines–A Pre-Race Chat With Chairman Dave Voth

The Camayan Resort, where the start of the swim will take place. Dave Voth discusses his own significant history in the sport and some of the unique aspects of the new race. The post Dispatch: Challenge Philippines–A Pre-Race Chat With Chairman Dave Voth appeared first on Triathlete.com . More here: Dispatch: Challenge Philippines–A Pre-Race Chat With Chairman Dave Voth

South Korean tourist shot dead in Angeles City

A South Korean tourist died after he was shot by one of two men on a motorcycle in Barangay Anunas in this city on Tuesday night, police said. More here: South Korean tourist shot dead in Angeles City

Quake shakes northern Philippines

Chief government seismologist Renato Solidum said the quake was tectonic in origin with its epicentre off the north coast of the country's main island of Luzon. There was no sign of the quake ... More here: Quake shakes northern Philippines

Monday, February 17, 2014

CEB bares new fare promotion

The Philippines' leading low-cost carrier, Cebu Pacific Air (PSE:CEB) holds a special 90% off seat sale to all its 33 domestic destinations on over 60 domestic routes, from February 17 to 23, 2014 or until seats last. Travel period is from July 1 to September 30, 2014. This is to show CEB’s appreciation for the traveling public who helped make the CEB booth the 2014 Travel and Tour Expo’s Most ... More here: CEB bares new fare promotion

CEB bares new fare promotion

The Philippines’ leading low-cost carrier, Cebu Pacific Air (PSE:CEB) holds a special 90% off seat sale to all its 33 domestic destinations on over 60 domestic routes, from February 17 to 23, 2014 or until seats last. Travel period is from July 1 to September 30, 2014. This is to show CEB’s appreciation for the […] More here: CEB bares new fare promotion

Travel photos we wish we'd taken

Do you have a glorious travel photo to share? See stunning shots from around the world, come back every day for a new image and join our CNN iReport community to submit your own. More here: Travel photos we wish we'd taken

Sunday, February 16, 2014

Tourism is fastest way to combat unemployment - Angara

February 17, 2014. Attract the "dimsum, sushi and the kimchi" tourist market and create jobs in the process. This was the suggestion of Sen. Juan Edgardo Angara on how to trim the 27 % joblessness rate , by luring more tourists, especially from Japan, Korea and China, which last year combined for half of the... More here: Tourism is fastest way to combat unemployment - Angara

PH tourism: Stronger after Yolanda

The year 2013 could have been a milestone for the country, had we surpassed the five million mark in tourist arrivals. Due to the triple whammy of disasters that came our way—the Zamboanga siege, the Bohol earthquake and Typhoon Yolanda—more tour cancellations were recorded in the last quarter than in the last three years combined. On that day, print ads and billboards were unveiled in iconic ... More here: PH tourism: Stronger after Yolanda

Domestic tourism and Bangon Tours take centerstage at the 21st Travel Tour Expo

The domestic tourism industry gets a big boast in this year’s Travel Tour Expo (TTE) as the Department of Tourism (DoT) and its marketing arm, the Tourism Promotions Board (TPB) rally together to promote more participation to Bangon Tours, a domestic tourism project in line with the government’s rebuilding efforts in Eastern Visayas, among participating industry players and domestic tourists ... More here: Domestic tourism and Bangon Tours take centerstage at the 21st Travel Tour Expo

2013 PHL tourist arrivals up almost 10% to 4.7 million

Nearly 4.7 million foreigners visited the Philippines in 2013, as the Department of Tourism continued to ramp up The post 2013 PHL tourist arrivals up almost 10% to 4.7 million appeared first on Good News Pilipinas . Related posts: Record foreign tourist arrivals of 2.8 M from Jan-July Research reveals what tourists like most about PHL PHL wins China’s Best Tropics Island Destination award PH ... More here: 2013 PHL tourist arrivals up almost 10% to 4.7 million

Saturday, February 15, 2014

Philippine tourism sector challenged 'to go extra mile'

PHILIPPINES - President Benigno Aquino III on Friday challenged the travel industry "to go the extra mile to make tourists the happiest visitors to the Philippines." Speaking before guests and participants of the 21st Travel Tour Expo, Mr. Aquino expressed elation over reports that despite back-to-back disasters last year, tourist arrivals grew by about 10 per cent. But the country should do ... More here: Philippine tourism sector challenged 'to go extra mile'

Philippine tourism sector challenged 'to go extra mile'

PHILIPPINES - President Benigno Aquino III on Friday challenged the travel industry "to go the extra mile to make tourists the happiest visitors to the Philippines." Speaking before guests and participants of the 21st Travel Tour Expo, Mr. Aquino expressed elation over reports that despite back-to-back disasters last year, tourist arrivals grew by about 10 per cent. But the country should do ... More here: Philippine tourism sector challenged 'to go extra mile'

Philippine tourism sector challenged 'to go extra mile'

PHILIPPINES - President Benigno Aquino III on Friday challenged the travel industry "to go the extra mile to make tourists the happiest visitors to the Philippines." Speaking before guests and participants of the 21st Travel Tour Expo, Mr. Aquino expressed elation over reports that despite back-to-back disasters last year, tourist arrivals grew by about 10 per cent. But the country should do ... More here: Philippine tourism sector challenged 'to go extra mile'

Philippine tourism sector challenged 'to go extra mile'

PHILIPPINES - President Benigno Aquino III on Friday challenged the travel industry "to go the extra mile to make tourists the happiest visitors to the Philippines." Speaking before guests and participants of the 21st Travel Tour Expo, Mr. Aquino expressed elation over reports that despite back-to-back disasters last year, tourist arrivals grew by about 10 per cent. But the country should do ... More here: Philippine tourism sector challenged 'to go extra mile'

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Philippine President Benigno Aquino III on Friday challenged the travel industry “to go the extra mile to make tourists the happiest visitors to the Philippines.” More here: LATEST NEWS:

Travel Guide: Island Hopping on Siargao Island

Why I celebrated my birthday in Siargao and what makes it one of my most memorable Birthday Celebration ever? If you find yourself vacationing on Siargao Island, then island hopping is definitely an activity you shouldn’t miss. Home to some of the most beautiful beaches in the Philippines, Siargao Island is also one of the […] (Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) The post Travel Guide: Island ... More here: Travel Guide: Island Hopping on Siargao Island

Rich pickings from ‘Low-Lying Fruit’

Manila, Philippines - President Benigno S. Aquino III yesterday said the government is bolstering efforts to “cement our position as one of the world’s vacation hot spots.” The President graced the opening ceremony of the 21st Travel Tour Expo (TTE) being held at the SMX Convention Center, Mall of Asia Complex in Pasay City, to witness how deeply infatuated Filipinos are now with traveling and ... More here: Rich pickings from ‘Low-Lying Fruit’

Friday, February 14, 2014

Aquino graces PTAA 21st Travel Tour Expo

President Benigno S. Aquino III on Friday graced the Philippine Travel Agencies Association (PTAA)’s 21st Travel Tour Expo 2014 at the SMX Convention Center in Pasay City Aquino said the government is bolstering efforts to develop the Philippines as one of the world’s vacation spots. “The Philippines is making a transition to becoming one of the best places to visit in the world,” Aquino said ... More here: Aquino graces PTAA 21st Travel Tour Expo

Rotational presence agreement not yet ready – President

Manila, Philippines - President Benigno S. Aquino III denied rumors yesterday that the framework agreement on the rotational presence of United States troops is now ready for signing upon the visit of US President Barack Obama in April. In an ambush interview with reporters following the 21st Travel Tour Expo 2014 at the SMX Convention Center in Pasay City, Aquino said there is an urgency to ... More here: Rotational presence agreement not yet ready – President

Tourism sector challenged ‘to go extra mile’

President Benigno Aquino III on Friday challenged the travel industry “to go the extra mile to make tourists the happiest visitors to the Philippines.” More here: Tourism sector challenged ‘to go extra mile’

Tourism sector challenged ‘to go extra mile’

President Benigno Aquino III on Friday challenged the travel industry “to go the extra mile to make tourists the happiest visitors to the Philippines.” More here: Tourism sector challenged ‘to go extra mile’

Honeymoon packages off the beaten path

Lebanese travel agencies have released their 2014 honeymoon packages, and between the glossy brochure pages filled with trips to Thailand and the Amalfi coast are a few paths less traveled by local lovers. More here: Honeymoon packages off the beaten path

PNoy: Tourist spending in Philippines up

MANILA, Philippines – Despite a massive earthquake and a super typhoon, the number of tourists that visited the country last year increased. More here: PNoy: Tourist spending in Philippines up

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The Philippines saw a 9.56% jump in foreign arrivals last year despite a series of natural disasters, the government said today. More than 4.68 million tourists visited the country in 2013. But the figure was below the nation's target of five million arrivals for the year. This was likely to due to the powerful earthquake, which killed... More here: philippines_typhoon_haiyan_tourism_increase_reuters.jpg

Speech of President Aquino at the PTAA 21st Travel Tour Expo 2014

Those of you here, of course, are likewise part of our success and of our collective work to accelerate the growth of our tourism sector. So, while I am here to thank and congratulate you for your contributions; I also challenge you to go beyond what you have already done. It is not just about sustaining the appeal of already favored destinations; it is also about discovering and marketing ... More here: Speech of President Aquino at the PTAA 21st Travel Tour Expo 2014

PNoy: Tourist spending in Philippines up

MANILA, Philippines – Despite a massive earthquake and a super typhoon, the number of tourists that visited the country last year increased. More here: PNoy: Tourist spending in Philippines up

5 Reasons to Travel When You’re Single!

Traveling with a girlfriend or boyfriend is loads of fun, of course. But there are also plenty of reasons why you should get out and travel while you’re single. If you aren’t sure whether you’ll have fun traveling as a single person, these five reasons are just the beginning. Traveling when you’re single can be […] (Visited 328 times, 30 visits today) The post 5 Reasons to Travel When You’re ... More here: 5 Reasons to Travel When You’re Single!

PHL tourist arrivals up despite calamities – PNoy

Despite the natural calamities that ravaged the Philippines last year, President Benigno Aquino III on Friday said international arrivals actually grew by almost 10 percent. More here: PHL tourist arrivals up despite calamities – PNoy

Philippines' best beaches, islands

As The Philippines launches a global campaign to thank the world for its help following last year's deadly typhoon, we highlight the best of its 7,000 assets -- those stunning islands. More here: Philippines' best beaches, islands

Philippines' best beaches, islands

As The Philippines launches a global campaign to thank the world for its help following last year's deadly typhoon, we highlight the best of its 7,000 assets -- those stunning islands. More here: Philippines' best beaches, islands

Foreign tourist arrivals up despite calamities, says Aquino

President Benigno Aquino III on Friday said foreign tourist arrivals in the Philippines went up in the midst of natural calamities. More here: Foreign tourist arrivals up despite calamities, says Aquino

Foreign tourist arrivals up despite calamities, says Aquino

President Benigno Aquino III on Friday said foreign tourist arrivals in the Philippines went up in the midst of natural calamities. More here: Foreign tourist arrivals up despite calamities, says Aquino

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Cebu Pacific offers P1.43 seat sale on Valentine’s Day

Below is an announcement from Cebu Pacific Air: MANILA, Philippines – The Philippines' leading low-cost carrier, Cebu Pacific Air (CEB) reunites everyJuan with their loved ones with a P1.43 seat sale to all its 33 domestic and 24 international destinations. The seat sale is from February 14 to 16, 2014 or until ... More here: Cebu Pacific offers P1.43 seat sale on Valentine’s Day

Tourism in Sabah 'thriving'

RECORD: All-time high in tourist arrivals, earnings More here: Tourism in Sabah 'thriving'

Ten Reasons Children Should Risk The Philippines

Our children, 6 and 7, are growing up in Taipei. People are hooked on electronics, you can eat whatever you want and nature is something you see on television. Taipei has growing room but compares broadly to other modern cities. When we told people here we were taking the kids on their first trip abroad to the Philippines this month, we wished we hadn’t. Be careful, the comments said, it’s a ... More here: Ten Reasons Children Should Risk The Philippines

More fun in PH: Tourist arrivals rise nearly 10% despite diasters

Despite the series of calamities that struck last year, the Philippines registered a 9.56 percent growth in foreign arrivals in 2013, welcoming a total of 4,681,307 visitors. More here: More fun in PH: Tourist arrivals rise nearly 10% despite diasters

Philippine tourist numbers rise nearly 10% despite disasters

The Philippines saw a 9.56% jump in foreign arrivals last year despite a series of natural disasters, the government said Thursday. But the figure was below the nation's target of five million arrivals for the year. This was likely to due to the powerful earthquake, which killed more than 220 people and damaged facilities and roads in the popular tourist islands of Cebu and Bohol in October, and ... More here: Philippine tourist numbers rise nearly 10% despite disasters

IT'S STILL MORE FUN IN PH | Tourist arrivals rise nearly 10% despite disasters

The Philippines saw a 9.56 percent jump in foreign arrivals last year despite a series of natural disasters, the government said Thursday. More here: IT'S STILL MORE FUN IN PH | Tourist arrivals rise nearly 10% despite disasters

Obama to visit Philippines in last leg of four-country Asian tour

Ties between the two countries have witnessed renewed vigour More here: Obama to visit Philippines in last leg of four-country Asian tour

Tourism in Sabah 'thriving'

RECORD: All-time high in tourist arrivals, earnings More here: Tourism in Sabah 'thriving'

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Obama to tour Japan, S. Korea, Malaysia, Philippines in April

US President Barack Obama will travel to Japan, South Korea, Malaysia and the Philippines in April, the White House said Wednesday. The visit is intended to quell doubts in the region about Obama's strategy of rebalancing US power to Asia, following the cancellation of his last planned trip there in October for domestic political reasons. "The president will travel to Japan, the Republic of ... More here: Obama to tour Japan, S. Korea, Malaysia, Philippines in April

Tourism in Sabah 'thriving'

RECORD: All-time high in tourist arrivals, earnings More here: Tourism in Sabah 'thriving'

Tourist arrivals hit 4.7M, up 9.7%

Tourist arrivals rose 10 percent in 2013 to 4.7 million from 4.3 million in 2012, missing the 5-million goal for the year. More here: Tourist arrivals hit 4.7M, up 9.7%

10 Reasons why Philippines should be 1st stop in Asia

The Philippines was never very high on my travel bucket list. No one really talked about the place, and it seemed to have a reputation The post 10 Reasons why Philippines should be 1st stop in Asia appeared first on Good News Pilipinas . Related posts: Philippines is 1st to win all 5 international beauty pageants Research reveals what tourists like most about PHL Megan Young wins Miss World ... More here: 10 Reasons why Philippines should be 1st stop in Asia

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Uber, App That Connects Riders and Drivers, Officially Launches in the Philippines

Uber officially launched in the Philippines. Uber is a tech start-up that provides a mobile app letting commuters request for a car to travel safely and comfortably from point A to point B. Launched in San Francisco in 2010, Uber has expanded to many cities in the United States and Europe, and now, it is available in the country. Uber is not a taxi or transport company, rather, the eponymous app ... More here: Uber, App That Connects Riders and Drivers, Officially Launches in the Philippines

Tourism in Sabah 'thriving'

KOTA KINABALU: THE tourism industry in Sabah is thriving despite security and safety challenges as it hit an all-time high in tourist arrivals and earnings last year. State Tourism, Culture and Environment Minister Datuk Seri Masidi Manjun yesterday said the state earned RM6.35 billion in tourism receipts last year, up from RM5.2 billion in 2012. He said last year was the most challenging for ... More here: Tourism in Sabah 'thriving'

Sunday, February 9, 2014

Typhoon Haiyan: Can Philippines build back better?

But "building back better" has become a mantra for international aid workers in the wake of natural disasters that have taught them lessons they can use here. Here, however, Oxfam is planning to hold workshops and educational sessions to explain the benefits of proper sanitation, and then to give people money to pay masons and carpenters – if they want to – to build them a latrine. More here: Typhoon Haiyan: Can Philippines build back better?

Philippines thanks the world for Typhoon Yolanda

The Philippines said "Thank you" on billboards around the world on Saturday in gratitude for the massive outpouring of international help The post Philippines thanks the world for Typhoon Yolanda appeared first on Good News Pilipinas . Related posts: Bieber brings cheer to Yolanda survivors in Tacloban American 6th graders raise funds for Typhoon Yolanda victims Typhoon ‘Yolanda’ photo in TIME’s ... More here: Philippines thanks the world for Typhoon Yolanda

Saturday, February 8, 2014

5 tips for your budget trips from '3rd World Traveler' author

MANILA, Philippines – Traveling is a hobby often associated with a huge budget. Some would even go as far as saying that traveling is just for those with tons of cash to spare. However, travel book author Ma. Patricia "Rica" Yulo says it's only a matter of knowing and setting your priorities. ... More here: 5 tips for your budget trips from '3rd World Traveler' author

Philippines' 'thank you' for Haiyan help

The Philippines has said 'Thank you' on billboards around the world for help after typhoon Haiyan. More here: Philippines' 'thank you' for Haiyan help

Friday, February 7, 2014

With billboards, tweets, Philippines thanks world for typhoon aid

Tacloban (Philippines) (AFP) - The Philippines said "Thank you" on billboards around the world Saturday in gratitude for the massive outpouring of international help after a typhoon that killed about 8,000 people three months ago. Electronic billboards lit up with "Thank you" signs at New York's Times Square, Galeries Lafayette in Paris, Tokyo's Shibuya Crossing, London's Piccadilly Circus and ... More here: With billboards, tweets, Philippines thanks world for typhoon aid

Philippines thanks world for typhoon aid with billboards, tweets

The Philippines took to social media and bought ad space in the world's most prominent strips Saturday to thank the global community for its help three months after a devastating typhoon that killed 8,000 people. Electronic billboards lit up simultaneously at New York's Times Square, Galeries Lafayette in Paris, Tokyo's Shibuya Crossing, and London's Piccadilly Circus early Saturday, at the ... More here: Philippines thanks world for typhoon aid with billboards, tweets

How to save 40 pct off your travel budget

ANC On The Money's financial advisor Salve Duplito shared some tips on how to save 40% off your travel budget. More here: How to save 40 pct off your travel budget

Philippines thanks world for typhoon aid with billboards, tweets

MANILA - The Philippines took to social media and bought ad space in the world's most prominent strips Saturday to thank the global community for its help three months after a devastating typhoon that killed 8,000 people. More here: Philippines thanks world for typhoon aid with billboards, tweets

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The Philippines took to social media and bought ad space in the world's most prominent strips today to thank the global community for its help three months after a devastating typhoon that killed 8,000 people. Electronic billboards lit up simultaneously at New York's Times Square, Galeries Lafayette in Paris, Tokyo's Shibuya Crossing, and... More here: philippines-typhoon-reuters-291113.JPG

Bangon Tours takes centerstage at Travel Tour Expo

Travel Tour Expo (TTE) 2014 of the Philippine Travel Agencies Association (PTAA) will have the Bangon Tours program as the focus of participation by the local tourism industry’s government sector led by the Department of Tourism (DOT) and its marketing arm, the Tourism Promotions Board (TPB), as the lead coordinating agency. The DOT Pavilion will […] More here: Bangon Tours takes centerstage at Travel Tour Expo

Brace yourself for some great travel deals

Last year, its three-day run saw a madding, jostling crowd of 70,000—many hankering for the best travel deals. This year, the 21st Travel Tour Expo (TTE), called “Love Life, Love Travel” on Feb. 14-16 at the SMX Convention Center in Pasay City, promises to be even bigger: More space, more packages, and better bargains for local and international destinations. More here: Brace yourself for some great travel deals

Editorial: We greet President Benigno S. Aquino III Happy 54th Birthday

President Benigno S. Aquino III, the 15th President of the Republic of the Philippines, is celebrating his 54th Birth Anniversary on February 8, 2014. In three years of his administration, the Philippines has achieved unprecedented economic growth – a 7.2% growth in Gross Domestic Product in 2013, investment grade ratings from three global credit-watchers, record tourist arrivals, rise in ... More here: Editorial: We greet President Benigno S. Aquino III Happy 54th Birthday

Information: Philippines among best retirement destinations

In the 2014 edition of the Global Retirement Index, American magazine InternationalLiving.com listed the Philippines as 17th of 24 countries in the world’s best retirement locations. The countries were chosen by editors, correspondents, and in-country experts from all over the world, taking into consideration eight categories that impact on good-value living: real estate, special retirement ... More here: Information: Philippines among best retirement destinations

2 foreign tourists killed as bus falls into ravine in PH

MANILA - Two foreigners were among 14 people killed when a tourist bus fell into a deep ravine in the mountainous northern Philippines on Friday, authorities said. More here: 2 foreign tourists killed as bus falls into ravine in PH

Tado Jimenez’s Instagram post: ‘North or South . . . cemetery’

MANILA, Philippines--A day before comedian Arvin "Tado" Jimenez died, he posted this picture on his instagram account with the caption "North o South..cemetery?" On Friday morning, February 7, Jimenez was among the 14 people killed when a tourist bus fell into a ravine in Mountain province. Police said he was identified through a driver’s license that was recovered from his body. Minutes after ... More here: Tado Jimenez’s Instagram post: ‘North or South . . . cemetery’

14 dead as bus falls into ravine in Philippines

MANILA - Two foreigners were among 14 people killed when a tourist bus fell into a deep ravine in the mountainous northern Philippines on Friday, authorities said. The bus plunged about 120 metres (nearly 400 feet) while travelling on a narrow road heading to an area famous for its "hanging coffins", said a report from the civil defence office. A Canadian man and a Dutch woman were among the 14 ... More here: 14 dead as bus falls into ravine in Philippines

14 dead as bus falls into ravine in Philippines

MANILA - Two foreigners were among 14 people killed when a tourist bus fell into a deep ravine in the mountainous northern Philippines on Friday, authorities said. The bus plunged about 120 metres (nearly 400 feet) while travelling on a narrow road heading to an area famous for its "hanging coffins", said a report from the civil defence office. A Canadian man and a Dutch woman were among the 14 ... More here: 14 dead as bus falls into ravine in Philippines

14 dead as bus plunges into ravine in Philippines

Fourteen people including two foreigners were killed and 32 others were injured as a tourist bus plunged into a deep ravine in the mountainous northern Philippines on Friday. More here: 14 dead as bus plunges into ravine in Philippines

14 dead, 31 injured as bus falls into ravine in northern Philippines

MANILA - Fourteen people, including two foreigners, were killed and 31 others were injured when a tourist bus fell into a deep ravine in the mountainous northern Philippines. The bus, carrying 45 people, was travelling on a narrow road in the northern Mountain Province when it fell about 120m into the ravine, said the local police chief, Senior Superintendent Oliver Enmodias. Fourteen of the ... More here: 14 dead, 31 injured as bus falls into ravine in northern Philippines

Comedian Tado Jimenez among 14 dead in bus accident in Bontoc

MANILA, Philippines -- Comedian Arvin "Tado" Jimenez was among the 14 people killed when a tourist bus fell into a ravine in Mountain province Friday, police said. Police report confirmed that "Tado" was among the 14 fatalities who died on the spot. Jimenez on Thursday, February 6, even posted on his Instagram account that he has a long trip going to Bontoc town in Mountain Province. ... Keep on ... More here: Comedian Tado Jimenez among 14 dead in bus accident in Bontoc

14 dead as bus falls into ravine in Philippines

Manila - Two foreigners were among 14 people killed when a tourist bus fell into a deep ravine in the mountainous northern Philippines on Friday, authorities said. The bus plunged about 120 metres (nearly 400 feet) while travelling on a narrow road heading to an area famous for its “hanging coffins”, said a report from the civil […] More here: 14 dead as bus falls into ravine in Philippines

Philippines bus ravine plunge kills 14

Two foreigners were among 14 people killed when a tourist bus fell into a deep ravine in the mountainous northern Philippines on Friday, authorities said. More here: Philippines bus ravine plunge kills 14

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Two foreigners were among 14 people killed when a tourist bus fell into a deep ravine in the mountainous northern Philippines today, authorities said. The bus plunged about 120 metres while travelling on a narrow road heading to an area famous for its "hanging coffins", said a report from the civil defence office. A Canadian man and a Dutch... More here: tmi196x196.gif

Thursday, February 6, 2014

14 dead as bus falls into ravine in Philippines

Fourteen people including two foreigners were killed and 31 others were injured as a tourist bus fell into a deep ravine in the mountainous northern Philippines on Friday, police said. The bus, carrying 45 people, was travelling on a narrow road in the northern Mountain Province when it fell about 120 metres (390 feet) into the ravine, said the local police chief, Senior Superintendent Oliver ... More here: 14 dead as bus falls into ravine in Philippines

14 dead, 31 injured as bus falls into ravine in northern Philippines

MANILA - Fourteen people, including two foreigners, were killed and 31 others were injured when a tourist bus fell into a deep ravine in the mountainous northern Philippines. The bus, carrying 45 people, was travelling on a narrow road in the northern Mountain Province when it fell about 120m into the ravine, said the local police chief, Senior Superintendent Oliver Enmodias. Fourteen of the ... More here: 14 dead, 31 injured as bus falls into ravine in northern Philippines

14 dead as bus falls into ravine in Philippines

MANILA, February 7, 2014 (AFP) - Fourteen people including two foreigners were killed and 31 others were injured as a tourist bus fell into a deep ravine in the mountainous northern Philippines on Friday, police said. More here: 14 dead as bus falls into ravine in Philippines

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Fourteen people including two foreigners were killed and 31 others were injured as a tourist bus fell into a deep ravine in the mountainous northern Philippines today, police said. The bus, carrying 45 people, was travelling on a narrow road in the northern Mountain Province when it fell about 120 metres into the ravine, said the local police... More here: tmi196x196.gif

14 dead as bus falls into ravine in Philippines

MANILA, February 7, 2014 (AFP) - Fourteen people including two foreigners were killed and 31 others were injured as a tourist bus fell into a deep ravine in the mountainous northern Philippines on Friday, police said. More here: 14 dead as bus falls into ravine in Philippines

State lawyers oppose Ongpin foreign trips

State prosecutors from the Office of the Ombudsman have asked the Sandiganbayan to deny for lack of merit the amended travel request of businessman Roberto Ongpin for a 14-nation swing around the world. More here: State lawyers oppose Ongpin foreign trips

Island chefs travel to Philippines

Executive Chefs Daniel Kenney and Nathan Gould visited with students at Our lady of Fatima University in the Philippines. More here: Island chefs travel to Philippines

‘Selling’ the Philippines overseas

Our objective is to develop new tourism markets for the Philippines, geographic, specific markets; and to achieve optimum balance between tourism as an economic activity and protection of natural resources.” More here: ‘Selling’ the Philippines overseas

Google mobilizes Street View in PH

Google with the Department of Tourism recently brings the streets of Manila online with the introduction of Street View to help tourists navigate around the city and determine tourist spots. Street View is one of Google’s features where people will be able to check out locations in 360 degrees. Vehicles mounted with spheres that contain fifteen cameras have been deployed to capture images all ... More here: Google mobilizes Street View in PH

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Cebu Pacific offers 75 pct off on summer flights

MANILA, Philippines - Cebu Pacific Air is offering air fares at 75% off for summer travel. More here: Cebu Pacific offers 75 pct off on summer flights

PH should apologize to Hong Kong for sake of 180,000 OFWs – lawmaker

A partylist lawmaker said the Philippines should apologize to Hong Kong for the sake of some 180,000 Filipinos working there. More here: PH should apologize to Hong Kong for sake of 180,000 OFWs – lawmaker

Cancellation of Pinoy visa-free travel to HK takes effect today; PNoy maintains no apology stand

(UPDATED - 3:35 p.m.) As Hong Kong's cancellation of visa-free entry to the territory for Filipinos holding official and diplomatic passports takes effect today, February 5, President Benigno Aquino III reiterated the Philippines' stand of not apologizing to Hong Kong over the death of its citizens. More here: Cancellation of Pinoy visa-free travel to HK takes effect today; PNoy maintains no apology stand

Sanction against Philippines wins approval in HK

Family members of Manila hostage crisis approved the sanction against the Philippines, saying that it is a good start and will give the Philippines some pressure. More here: Sanction against Philippines wins approval in HK

ASEAN strides towards economic integration

The reports point to a 75% completion of the interventions, which include improving connectivity via the open skies policy; increasing competitiveness of the tourism workforce through the Mutual Recognition Agreement (MRA); simplifying visa procedures through the ASEAN common visa; improving readiness for crisis and climate change; establishing quality tourism through the standards on hotel ... More here: ASEAN strides towards economic integration

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

More hospitals can now perform heart surgeries

Manila, Philippines – Heart patients no longer need to travel to Manila for complicated heart treatment procedures. The Department of Health (DOH) yesterday announced that four regional hospitals have been beefed up and are now able to perform open heart surgeries and transplants: Medical center in Dagupan. Pangasinan; Bicol Regional Teaching and Training Hospital (BRTTH) […] More here: More hospitals can now perform heart surgeries

On-arrival visa: Plan panel calls meeting tomorrow

Tourist visa on arrival for 40 more countries, including the US, the UK and Germany could become a reality soon as the Plan panel has convened a meeting of the ministries concerned tomorrow to rem... More here: On-arrival visa: Plan panel calls meeting tomorrow

Monday, February 3, 2014

Empty Hotels Drive Thailand to Best Sovereign Gain: Asean Credit

A tourist walks at Railay beach in Krabi, Thailand. A tourist walks at Railay beach in Krabi, Thailand. Close A tourist walks at Railay beach in Krabi, Thailand. More here: Empty Hotels Drive Thailand to Best Sovereign Gain: Asean Credit

Elevated tollway to link NLEx to SLEx

Manila, Philippines - Travel time from Buendia (Gil Puyat Avenue in Makati) to Balintawak in Quezon City will be shortened from two hours to 20 minutes or even less once the elevated toll road that will connect the North Luzon Expressway (NLEx) to the South Luzon Expressway (SLEx) is completed. The construction of the elevated tollway will commence as soon as the Toll Regulatory Board (TRB ... More here: Elevated tollway to link NLEx to SLEx

Editorial: The Philippines' Trusted Traveller Program to expedite, facilitate immigration processing

In line with the government’s thrust to boost gains in tourist arrivals, the Bureau of Immigration (BI) will implement programs and projects this year to ease travel into the country and facilitate immigration process. One of the programs is the Trusted Traveler Program (TTP) allowing expedited immigration clearance for pre-approved, low-risk air passengers on arrival and departure through ... More here: Editorial: The Philippines' Trusted Traveller Program to expedite, facilitate immigration processing

Editorial: The Philippines' Trusted Traveller Program to expedite, facilitate immigration processing

In line with the government’s thrust to boost gains in tourist arrivals, the Bureau of Immigration (BI) will implement programs and projects this year to ease travel into the country and facilitate immigration process. One of the programs is the Trusted Traveler Program (TTP) allowing expedited immigration clearance for pre-approved, low-risk air passengers on arrival and departure through ... More here: Editorial: The Philippines' Trusted Traveller Program to expedite, facilitate immigration processing

PLDT completes P861 million Palawan undersea fiber optic cable project (Philippine Long Distance Telephone Company)

(Source: Philippine Long Distance Telephone Company) Telecoms leader PLDT has completed the rollout of nearly 300 kilometers of state-of-the-art submarine fiber optic cables linking Palawan province in western Philippines to the rest of the PLDT network to meet the rapidly increasing demand for robust and reliable telecoms and data services in one of the country's top tourist destinations ... More here: PLDT completes P861 million Palawan undersea fiber optic cable project (Philippine Long Distance Telephone Company)

Sunday, February 2, 2014

DOT: ASEAN strides towards economic integration

At the recently concluded ASEAN Tourism Forum held in Kuching, Sarawak, Malaysia, from January 16 to 24, 2014, the ASEAN ministers pledged to step up measures to realize the planned regional economic integration by 2015. More here: DOT: ASEAN strides towards economic integration

K-pop band A-Jax wants to visit Boracay, Laguna

First time Manila visitors K-pop boy band A-Jax said that if they were given a chance to take a vacation, they would want to come back to the Philippines. In a one-on-one interview with Bulletin Entertainment, A-Jax said, “We heard that Boracay is a good tourist spot. We are looking forward to see the beach. […] More here: K-pop band A-Jax wants to visit Boracay, Laguna

RP visitor

The recently elected leader of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops is scheduled to travel to the Philippines this week to “walk through rubble” in areas ravaged by typhoon “Yolanda” last November. More here: RP visitor

Congressman: Invest in, promote Philippines

Dignitaries: From left to right Francis Basco, Municipal Councilor of Guimbal, Iloilo, Philippines, Senator Dennis Rodriguez, Art Salomes, past president of Iloilo International, Gov. Eddie Baza Calvo, First Lady Christine Calvo, Congressman Oscar "Richard" Garin, Jr., Philippine Consul General Bayani Mangibin, Philippine Consul Gary Auxilian. More here: Congressman: Invest in, promote Philippines

Trains — travel of the future

Climate change has wrecked air travel on many occasions lately, and if any lesson is to be learned, our government should start laying down the ground work for high-speed rail. Over the last few years, thousands of flights in the United States and Europe have been cancelled due to extreme weather. Too much snow and poor visibility forced airplanes to remain on the ground. Here in the Philippines ... More here: Trains — travel of the future

Celebration: Growth in Philippine tourism receipts

In the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) 2013 Tourism Barometer, released on January 21, 2013, the Philippines ranked fourth in the list of countries where international tourism receipts increased the most in 2013. International tourism receipts in the country increased by 19.6% in 2013 from a year ago. Others in the top 10 were Thailand (27.5%), Japan (24.6%), Hong Kong (20.6 ... More here: Celebration: Growth in Philippine tourism receipts

Saturday, February 1, 2014

Chinese tourist dies of cardiac arrest amid celebration of Chinese New Year in Boracay

A vacationing Chinese national died of cardiac arrest in the midst of the Chinese New Year celebration in Boracay Island. More here: Chinese tourist dies of cardiac arrest amid celebration of Chinese New Year in Boracay

Archbishop Kurtz to visit Philippines

The Archbishop of Louisville, recently elected to lead the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, will travel to the Philippines this week and blog about the aftermath of a typhoon that killed thousands as it decimated the island nation three months ago. More here: Archbishop Kurtz to visit Philippines

Solon pushes domestic tourism plan

Manila, Philippines --- In retaliation to Hong Kong’s imposition of sanctions against Philippine officials, an administration lawmaker proposed the development of a local tourist destination package to match and replace the former British Colony’s attractions. Quezon City Rep. Winston Castelo said the Philippine government should also impose the same visa requirements that the Hong Kong Special ... More here: Solon pushes domestic tourism plan

Congressman: Invest in, promote Philippines

Dignitaries: From left to right Francis Basco, Municipal Councilor of Guimbal, Iloilo, Philippines, Senator Dennis Rodriguez, Art Salomes, past president of Iloilo International, Gov. Eddie Baza Calvo, First Lady Christine Calvo, Congressman Oscar "Richard" Garin, Jr., Philippine Consul General Bayani Mangibin, Philippine Consul Gary Auxilian. More here: Congressman: Invest in, promote Philippines