Monday, March 31, 2014

How young is too young to travel?

The child was screaming and out of control as he and his mother boarded the aircraft. More here: How young is too young to travel?

More Japanese tourists seen coming with PAL’s Manila-Haneda service

Haneda, Tokyo — The Department of Tourism expects influx of Japanese tourists to the Philippines to flourish further with the launch of the Manila-Haneda services twice daily by Philippine Airlines (PAL), the country’s largest flag carrier. Tourism assistant secretary Benito Bengzon Jr. said at the NAIA-2 ceremony for PAL’s inaugural flight to Haneda on Sunday […] More here: More Japanese tourists seen coming with PAL’s Manila-Haneda service

How young is too young to travel?

Can you remember your last flight with an out-of-control child? Many parents say that's not the norm for their well-traveled children,and they know adults who have trouble traveling and keeping their manners in tact. More here: How young is too young to travel?

Cebu International Travel Festival 2014 (ITF) is set on July 11 to 13, 2014

Cebu City having the second busiest international airport in the Philippines will be having it’s first International Travel Festival (ITF) on July 11 to 13 at the Ayala Center Cebu. The Cebu International Travel Festival 2014 aims to provide a venue for Cebu’s travel market to score travel deals in an accessible venue, organizers said. […] No visits yet The post Cebu International Travel ... More here: Cebu International Travel Festival 2014 (ITF) is set on July 11 to 13, 2014

Angry Chinese tourists confront CebuPac pilots

MANILA – An irate Chinese tourist allegedly punched a policeman Friday, after a Cebu Pacific (CebuPac) chartered flight to Shanghai was forced to return to Kalibo, Aklan due to low visibility. More here: Angry Chinese tourists confront CebuPac pilots

Sunday, March 30, 2014

Kiko Rustia injects history on new travel show

Former “Survivor Philippines” castaway Kiko Rustia is hosting and producing a new travel documentary show with a historical slant. “We just don’t go to places para ma-feature lang ang naggagandahang beach nila o kanilang award-winning na hotel,” Kiko noted about “Dis Is Pinas,” a documentary show he is producing together with his siblings Riza and Rachelle Rustia. The show […] More here: Kiko Rustia injects history on new travel show

Singapore President to visit PH

MANILA - Singapore’s head of state, President Tony Tan Keng Yam, will visit the Philippines from April 2 to 5. More here: Singapore President to visit PH

Singaporean President to undertake first state visit to the Philippines this April

President Tony Tan Keng Yam, Singapore’s head of state, will undertake a State Visit to the Philippines from April 2 to 5, upon the invitation of President Benigno S. Aquino III. More here: Singaporean President to undertake first state visit to the Philippines this April

Saturday, March 29, 2014

Singapore leader to visit Philippines

Singapore’s Head of State, President Tony Tan Keng Yam, is scheduled to undertake a state visit to the Philippines from April 2 to 5 upon the invitation of President Benigno Aquino III. According to the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA), this is President Tan’s first state visit to the Philippines. “It is a reciprocal visit […] More here: Singapore leader to visit Philippines

PH ignores China request to delay filing of Memorial vs 9-dash line

By ELLEN T. TORDESILLAS DESPITE Chinese requests to delay it, the Philippines is filing on March 30 its memorandum challenging before the United Nations China’s territorial claims over the South China Sea. The memorandum, called a Memorial in international law, will be filed with the Arbitral Tribunal of the United Nations Convention on the Law […] More here: PH ignores China request to delay filing of Memorial vs 9-dash line

Young solo traveler completes tour of 81 Philippine provinces in two years

At 19, most college students are intent on finishing their courses. Trips to exotic locations may happen in between classes, but most yearn to travel more only in thought. But for one student, a solo trip in his third year convinced him to travel to all 81 provinces in the Philippines. More here: Young solo traveler completes tour of 81 Philippine provinces in two years

21-year-old solo traveler completes tour of 81 Philippine provinces in two years

At 19, most college students are intent on finishing their courses. Trips to exotic locations may happen in between classes, but most yearn to travel more only in thought. But for one student, a solo trip in his third year convinced him to travel to all 81 provinces in the Philippines. More here: 21-year-old solo traveler completes tour of 81 Philippine provinces in two years

Friday, March 28, 2014

How travel still surprises me

While I was traveling the 80 of 81 provinces in the Philippines, one thing I realized over and over again was that Filipinos are not short on kindness and compassion. In fact, the supply was everywhere – from the man seated next to me on the boat, the man ferrying us ... More here: How travel still surprises me

PAL, CEB, ANA launch new Phl-Japan routes

MANILA, Philippines - The two biggest Philippine carriers and Japan’s All Nippon Airways (ANA) will simultaneously launch new routes between the two countries in a strong push to draw in more Japanese tourists. More here: PAL, CEB, ANA launch new Phl-Japan routes

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

Travel festival set up

WITH traditional travel operators having to contend with even tougher competition from online services, an organization of travel agencies and their partners hope to combat the lean months with a travel fair. More here: Travel festival set up

Dream Travel Photo Winner gets a trip to Hong Kong Prize from EastWest Bank

Maricris U. Payongayong won two full expense paid trips to Hong Kong when she submitted the above photo in EastWest Bank’s Dream Travel Promo. The promo is still open to submission of vacation photos featuring family and relatives from March 15 to April 14 for a chance to win another trip to HK for two. […] No visits yet The post Dream Travel Photo Winner gets a trip to Hong Kong Prize from ... More here: Dream Travel Photo Winner gets a trip to Hong Kong Prize from EastWest Bank

Tourism dep't aims for 15-20 pct growth in Japanese market

The Philippines aims to grow the Japanese tourism market by as much as a fifth this year after both countries agreed to increase flights between them. More here: Tourism dep't aims for 15-20 pct growth in Japanese market

Thursday, March 27, 2014

PH ignores China request to delay filing of Memorial vs 9-dash line

By Ellen T. Tordesillas, VERA Files Despite Chinese requests to delay it, the Philippines is filing on March 30 its memorandum challenging before the United Nations China’s territorial claims over the South China Sea. The memorandum, called a Memorial in … Continue reading → More here: PH ignores China request to delay filing of Memorial vs 9-dash line

PH ignores China request to delay filing of Memorial vs 9-dash line

By Ellen T. Tordesillas, VERA Files Despite Chinese requests to delay it, the Philippines is filing on March 30 its memorandum challenging before the United Nations China’s territorial claims over the South China Sea. The memorandum, called a Memorial in international law, will be filed with the Arbitral Tribunal of the United Nations Convention on […] More here: PH ignores China request to delay filing of Memorial vs 9-dash line

Philippines' Oliver Barbosa wins Kolkata Open chess title

Kolkata, March 27 : Grandmaster Oliver Barbosa of Philippines edged out MR Lalith Babu of PSPB on a better tiebreak to win the 6th Kolkata Open (19th International Open GM Chess Tournament) here Friday. More here: Philippines' Oliver Barbosa wins Kolkata Open chess title

Philippines ignores China request to delay filing of Memorial vs 9-dash line

Despite Chinese requests to delay it, the Philippines is filing on March 30 its memorandum challenging before the United Nations China’s territorial claims over the South China Sea. More here: Philippines ignores China request to delay filing of Memorial vs 9-dash line

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

PinoyTravel Is First Online Bus Booking System in the Philippines

PinoyTravel, the country's first online and mobile bus booking system, announced that it's adding a few new routes to a number of the country's highly sought-after summer destinations. With PinoyTravel, Filipinos can escape to the pristine beaches of Palawan or to the lush landscapes and tourist destinations of Bicol with just a few clicks. More here: PinoyTravel Is First Online Bus Booking System in the Philippines

Philippines downgrades travel warning to Thailand

The Philippine government downgraded the travel warning for Thailand on Monday after the country lifted its state of emergency imposed about two months ago to quell mounting civil unrest."In ... More here: Philippines downgrades travel warning to Thailand

Tourism revenues seen to rise

The contribution of the travel and tourism sector to the Philippine economy is seen to increase by 3.8 percent to P490.2 billion this year, a report released by the World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC) showed. More here: Tourism revenues seen to rise

Monday, March 24, 2014

Goa International Travel Mart set to be biggest B2B event in state

The Goa International Travel Mart (GITM) will be held from April 2 to 4, 2014 at Dr. Shyama Prasad Mukerjee Stadium at Taleigao. More here: Goa International Travel Mart set to be biggest B2B event in state

Cebu solon's travel request opposed

Prosecutors have opposed before the Sandiganbayan the request of Cebu Representative Gwendolyn Garcia to travel to the United States this April. In its opposition submitted before the Sandiganbayan Second Division, the Ombudsman's Office of the Special Prosecutor asked that the motion of Garcia to travel be denied for "utter lack of merit." The prosecutors stressed that "accused Garcia's ... More here: Cebu solon's travel request opposed

Philippines downgrades travel warning to Thailand

The Philippine government downgraded the travel warning for Thailand on Monday after the country lifted its state of emergency imposed about two months ago to quell mounting civil unrest."In ... More here: Philippines downgrades travel warning to Thailand

Celebration: Tapping the European tourism market

The Philippine tourism industry gained much from its participation in the 48th International Tourismus-Borse Berlin (ITB Berlin), t he leading trade fair for the worldwide travel industry, held in Berlin, Germany, on March 5-9, 2014. Top Philippine destinations were promoted such as Palawan, Boracay, Cebu, Manila, Iloilo, Cagayan de Oro, Negros Occidental, and Banaue. Special focus this year was ... More here: Celebration: Tapping the European tourism market

Aside from being 'selfiest', PH also 'smiliest'

Not only is the Philippines home to the “selfiest” cities in the world, it is also among the smiliest countries, a social media-based travel app said in a report. More here: Aside from being 'selfiest', PH also 'smiliest'

Goa to host travel mart

Panjim, Mar 24 : The Goa International Travel Mart (GITM) will be held from April 2 to 4 at Dr. Shyama Prasad Mukerjee Stadium at Taleigao. More here: Goa to host travel mart

Sunday, March 23, 2014

Cebu solon’s travel request opposed

Prosecutors have opposed before the Sandiganbayan the request of Cebu Representative Gwendolyn Garcia to travel to the United States this April. In its opposition submitted before the Sandiganbayan Second Division, the Ombudsman’s Office of the Special Prosecutor asked that the motion of Garcia to travel be denied for “utter lack of merit.” The prosecutors stressed […] More here: Cebu solon’s travel request opposed

How to fly high using frequent flyer programs

MANILA, Philippines - Summer usually coincides with travel planning for a lot of families and friends. The quest for budget saving travel tools almost always includes frequent flyer points. More here: How to fly high using frequent flyer programs

Celebration: Tapping the European tourism market

The Philippine tourism industry gained much from its participation in the 48th International Tourismus-Borse Berlin (ITB Berlin), t he leading trade fair for the worldwide travel industry, held in Berlin, Germany, on March 5-9, 2014. Top Philippine destinations were promoted such as Palawan, Boracay, Cebu, Manila, Iloilo, Cagayan de Oro, Negros Occidental, and Banaue. Special focus this year was ... More here: Celebration: Tapping the European tourism market

Celebration: Tapping the European tourism market

The Philippine tourism industry gained much from its participation in the 48th International Tourismus-Borse Berlin (ITB Berlin), t he leading trade fair for the worldwide travel industry, held in Berlin, Germany, on March 5-9, 2014. Top Philippine destinations were promoted such as Palawan, Boracay, Cebu, Manila, Iloilo, Cagayan de Oro, Negros Occidental, and Banaue. Special focus this year was ... More here: Celebration: Tapping the European tourism market

Global Travel Network Roseville Donates to Charity Mission to the Philippines

ROSEVILLE, Calif., March 19, 2014 /PRNewswire-iReach/ -- Global Travel Network Roseville is a leader in transparent and credible marketing practices, destination vacation accommodations and responsible corporate citizenship. Throughout 2013, GTN Roseville made many contributions to worthy... More here: Global Travel Network Roseville Donates to Charity Mission to the Philippines

Applying for a visa? Keep these 5 tips in mind

MANILA, Philippines – There’s the dream of travel, but there’s also the reality of the paperwork involved. More budget carriers are flying to Europe, the Middle East and the United States and more direct flights to these destinations are opening up. It’s looking more and more like a buyer’s market for ... More here: Applying for a visa? Keep these 5 tips in mind

A foreigner's response to 'I'd rather go hungry' girl

Editors' Note: This was written by travel writer Nathan Allen in response to traveler Agness Walewinder's comments about how she would rather go hungry than eat Filipino food again, which was later modified to 'Filipino street food.' Nathan's post initially appeared on his website, I Dreamed of This . With Nathan's permission, ... More here: A foreigner's response to 'I'd rather go hungry' girl

Saturday, March 22, 2014

How to sustain 10% rise in tourist arrivals? Marcos proposes 3-way team-up

A tripartite link-up among the national government, through its regional offices, the local government units, and the private sector must be undertaken an aggressive tourism campaign to sustain 10-percent rise in tourist arrivals in 2013, Senator Ferdinand Marcos Jr. said Sunday. More here: How to sustain 10% rise in tourist arrivals? Marcos proposes 3-way team-up

2014 Best Luxury Hotels in the Philippines by TripAdvisor

Every year, TripAdvisor – one of the world most popular travel portal is releasing an impressive list of the Best Luxury Hotels in the Philippines. As part of 2014 Travelers’ Choice® Awards, Tripadvisor’s goal is to identify and honor the world’s best hotels, earning their distinction from those who know them best – real travelers. […] No visits yet The post 2014 Best Luxury Hotels in the ... More here: 2014 Best Luxury Hotels in the Philippines by TripAdvisor

2014 Best Luxury Hotels in the Philippines by TripAdvisor

Every year, TripAdvisor – one of the world most popular travel portal is releasing an impressive list of the Best Luxury Hotels in the Philippines. As part of 2014 Travelers’ Choice® Awards, Tripadvisor’s goal is to identify and honor the world’s best hotels, earning their distinction from those who know them best – real travelers. […] No visits yet The post 2014 Best Luxury Hotels in the ... More here: 2014 Best Luxury Hotels in the Philippines by TripAdvisor

A foreigner's response to 'I'd rather go hungry' girl

Editors' Note: This was written by travel writer Nathan Allen in response to traveler Agness Walewinder's comments about how she would rather go hungry than eat Filipino food again, which was later modified to 'Filipino street food.' Nathan's post initially appeared on his website, I Dreamed of This . With Nathan's permission, ... More here: A foreigner's response to 'I'd rather go hungry' girl

Friday, March 21, 2014

A foreigner's response to 'I'd rather go hungry' girl

Editors' Note: This was written by travel writer Nathan Allen in response to traveler Agness Walewinder's comments about how she would rather go hungry than eat Filipino street food again. The post initially appeared on his website, I Dreamed of This . With Nathan's permission, Rappler is publishing his essay in full. Thanks ... More here: A foreigner's response to 'I'd rather go hungry' girl

A foreigner's response to 'I'd rather go hungry' girl

Editors' Note: This was written by travel writer Nathan Allen in response to traveler Agness Walewinder's comments about how she would rather go hungry than eat Filipino street food again. The post initially appeared on his website, I Dreamed of This . With Nathan's permission, Rappler is publishing his essay in full. Thanks ... More here: A foreigner's response to 'I'd rather go hungry' girl

CEB adds 18% more seats on select inter-island routes (CEBU Air Inc)

(Source: CEBU Air Inc) To accommodate passenger demand The Philippines' leading low-cost carrier, Cebu Pacific Air (PSE:CEB) intends to fulfill passenger demand for inter-island flights this summer, by adding flight frequencies and slashing fares for March to June travel. "As a Philippine carrier, it has always been our goal to make travel around the Philippines easy and affordable. Through ... More here: CEB adds 18% more seats on select inter-island routes (CEBU Air Inc)

CEB offers 75% off Graduation Seat Sale to select international, domestic cities (CEBU Air Inc)

(Source: CEBU Air Inc) The Philippines' leading airline, Cebu Pacific Air (PSE:CEB) salutes graduating students and their families with a 75% off seat sale to select domestic and international destinations from March 13 to 17, 2014 or until seats last. This is for travel from April 1 to November 30, 2014. CEB VP for Marketing and Distribution Candice Iyog said, "What better gift for graduates ... More here: CEB offers 75% off Graduation Seat Sale to select international, domestic cities (CEBU Air Inc)

CEB holds PHP28 systemwide seat sale on EDSA's 28th year (CEBU Air Inc)

(Source: CEBU Air Inc) The Philippines' leading low-cost carrier, Cebu Pacific Air (PSE:CEB) slashes fares to all its 33 domestic and 24 international destinations, and offers PHP28 seats, from February 24 to 27, 2014 or until seats last. This is in recognition of the 28th anniversary of the EDSA People Power Revolution on February 25, 2014. For travel from July 1 to October 31, 2014, travelers ... More here: CEB holds PHP28 systemwide seat sale on EDSA's 28th year (CEBU Air Inc)

Automatic Tourist Money

FOR quite some time I have found out there is no way for tourists, especially from Europe, to avail of any currency in some parts of our country. Yes! While it is true we are doing all we can to attract these tourists there is some disappointment since we have not been able to meet their demands. Access to local currency is the biggest issue. Abroad I am able to take hold of the local currency ... More here: Automatic Tourist Money

Filipinos slowly but surely falling in love with romantic French language

Of the 20,000 Filipinos learning French, about 9,000 are enrolled in the Alliance Fran├žaise branches in Manila and Cebu, an estimated 9,500 students are in various colleges and universities, and 1,500 students are in public schools. More here: Filipinos slowly but surely falling in love with romantic French language

Tourists' negative blog post on PH food irks Pinoys, goes viral

MANILA, Philippines – Reaping outrage from locals on social media is a blog entry by a tourist who said she would rather go hungry than eat Filipino street food again. More here: Tourists' negative blog post on PH food irks Pinoys, goes viral

Agoda.com and Tourism Promotions Board of the Philippines sign partnership

Agoda.com, one of Asia’s leading hotel booking sites and part of Nasdaq-listed Priceline Group (Nasdaq:PCLN), has forged a partnership agreement with the Tourism Promotions Board of the Philippines (TPB), the marketing arm of the Department of Tourism (DOT), to grow the online exposure for the Philippines as a premiere tourist destination. The Tourism Promotions Board […] No visits yet The post ... More here: Agoda.com and Tourism Promotions Board of the Philippines sign partnership

Thursday, March 20, 2014

The crisis of water: More required from tourist sector

Water is currently undervalued in terms of its global importance, but could become the most contested natural resource of the future; especially when considering its complex relationship with energy production. More here: The crisis of water: More required from tourist sector

Philippines' tourism industry weathers the storms

WHILE two major natural disasters took their toll on the Philippines' tourism industry during the latter part of 2013, strong overall demand from both the domestic and international markets helped the industry edge close to double-digit growth for the full year. More here: Philippines' tourism industry weathers the storms

Mayor not sure yet of travel abroad

BACOLOD City Mayor Monico Puentevella said Wednesday the arraignment set by the Sandiganbayan involving his case for alleged violation of Anti-Graft and Corrupt Practices Act will only take place if he decides to travel abroad. More here: Mayor not sure yet of travel abroad

Roxaco Land starts building 1st Go Hotel

MANILA, Philippines - Roxaco Land Corp. is focusing on building more hotels in the country, as it eyes a bigger share of the tourist market. More here: Roxaco Land starts building 1st Go Hotel

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

The crisis of water: 'More required from tourist sector'

That was just one of the themes raised at a research consortium in Hong Kong supported by EarthCheck Research Institute, Ecolab and Griffith University, and timed to coincide with UN World Water Day on 22 March 2014. This link means water management needs to become a priority, and the consortium’s second white paper on water management calls on the tourism sector - a heavy user of water - to do ... More here: The crisis of water: 'More required from tourist sector'

Global Travel Network Roseville Donates to Charity Mission to the Philippines

ROSEVILLE, Calif., March 19, 2014 /PRNewswire-iReach/ -- Global Travel Network Roseville is a leader in transparent and credible marketing practices, destination vacation accommodations and responsible corporate citizenship. Throughout 2013, GTN Roseville made many contributions to worthy and charitable causes both at home and abroad. One of these donations was made to a local church that went ... More here: Global Travel Network Roseville Donates to Charity Mission to the Philippines

Tourism investments seen to grow 3.8%

TRAVEL and tourism investments in the Philippines are expected to grow by 3.8 percent to P84.39 billion this year, according to the World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC). More here: Tourism investments seen to grow 3.8%

Travel and tourism to contribute P490B or 3.8% to 2014 PHL output, says council

Tourism's contribution to the Philippines' gross domestic product is expected to rise by 3.8 percent to P490.2 billion this, according to the World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC). More here: Travel and tourism to contribute P490B or 3.8% to 2014 PHL output, says council

Digital Marketing Company in the Philippines, LeapFroggr, Opens Doors to Local Clients

The International Company Welcomes All Clients From SMEs to Corporate Brands (PRWeb March 19, 2014) Read the full story at http://ift.tt/1gFnAuX More here: Digital Marketing Company in the Philippines, LeapFroggr, Opens Doors to Local Clients

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

DOT eyes 9 new markets

MANILA - The Department of Tourism (DOT) is eyeing at least nine countries as new markets to boost foreign tourist arrivals in the Philippines, the country’s tourism chief said. More here: DOT eyes 9 new markets

PH travel/tourism investments to grow 3.8% to P84.4 B in 2014

Travel and tourism investments in the Philippines is expected to rise by 3.8 percent to P84.39 billion this year, the World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC), the global authority on the economic and social contribution of the sector which conducts an annual economic analysis of its impact in 184 countries, announced yesterday. In 2013, the sector accounted for P81.3 billion, or 3.6% of total ... More here: PH travel/tourism investments to grow 3.8% to P84.4 B in 2014

PH tourism investment share expected to rise

MANILA, Philippines – A boost in the share of travel and tourism industry in the country’s total annual investments is expected this year due to higher demand from international tourists, according to the World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC). More here: PH tourism investment share expected to rise

Monday, March 17, 2014

BI: Philippines top source for traffickers

“The Philippines is a top source country for traffickers,” the Bureau of Immigration on Monday said as it explains that this is the reason for its strict implementation of departure "formalities" to Filipinos bound for international destinations. In a TV interview, BI Chief Fred Mison said the Bureau and Inter-Agency Council against Trafficking (IACAT) has come up with a set of clear-cut rules ... More here: BI: Philippines top source for traffickers

Philippines-Taiwan: Time to embrace

Last 05-09 March, this writer had the welcome opportunity to visit Taiwan and head a delegation of 60 professionals and businessmen from different parts of the Philippines including members of the Taiwan Chamber of the South Philippines (TCSP) to engage with their Taiwanese counterparts. Coming Full Circle In Taiwan The members of the Philippine Delegation also participated in the 6th Taiwan ... More here: Philippines-Taiwan: Time to embrace

Philippines-Taiwan: Time to embrace

Last 05-09 March, this writer had the welcome opportunity to visit Taiwan and head a delegation of 60 professionals and businessmen from different parts of the Philippines including members of the Taiwan Chamber of the South Philippines (TCSP) to engage with their Taiwanese counterparts. Coming Full Circle In Taiwan The members of the Philippine Delegation also participated in the 6th Taiwan ... More here: Philippines-Taiwan: Time to embrace

National Geographic Traveler includes Pangulasian Island in their Top 10 Best Spring Trips for 2014

A beautiful island in the Philippines, Cooler wine regions in Chile and Tasmania’s wilderness walking tour, these are three of the Top 10 Best Spring Trips for 2014 handpicked by by National Geographic Travel. Pangulasian Island Pool Villa Each year, the National Geographic Travel Editors are releasing a helpful and interesting list of great spring […] No visits yet The post National Geographic ... More here: National Geographic Traveler includes Pangulasian Island in their Top 10 Best Spring Trips for 2014

Palace defends BI's guidelines on financial proof, offloading

MANILA, Philippines – A memorandum by the Bureau of Immigration (BI) allowing it to ask for financial proof from suspicious passengers caused uproar among netizens, but Malaca├▒ang defended it as a necessary human trafficking prevention tool. Memorandum Order No 2011-011 also allows the BI to offload passengers with "fraudulent travel ... More here: Palace defends BI's guidelines on financial proof, offloading

Sunday, March 16, 2014

BI: Philippines top source for traffickers

“The Philippines is a top source country for traffickers,” the Bureau of Immigration on Monday said as it explains that this is the reason for its strict implementation of departure “formalities” to Filipinos bound for international destinations. In a TV interview, BI Chief Fred Mison said the Bureau and Inter-Agency Council against Trafficking (IACAT) has […] More here: BI: Philippines top source for traffickers

Holi weekend splash for travel companies

Indian traveller is no longer satisfied with a single annual vacation, but is increasingly demanding multiple holidays and festive breaks offer an ideal opportunity. More here: Holi weekend splash for travel companies

Travel exhibit, booklet chronicle 180 years of Ginebra San Miguel

To celebrate the 180th anniversary of its flagship Ginebra San Miguel brand, Ginebra San Miguel, Inc. (GSMI) is launching a traveling exhibit and several commemorative items highlighting the history and heritage of the world’s largest selling gin and its bond with Filipinos. Aside from historical facts and trivia, the exhibit features the evolution of the Ginebra San Miguel bottle from the very ... More here: Travel exhibit, booklet chronicle 180 years of Ginebra San Miguel

Purisima urges higher German investments

Finance Secretary Cesar V. Purisima has pushed for greater German investments in the Philippines and urged the European Union to view the upcoming ASEAN integration starting next year as an upside. In his address to German Asia-Pacific Business Association (OAV) in Hamberg, Germany, Purisima stressed the need for greater trade and investment collaboration between the world’s fourth largest ... More here: Purisima urges higher German investments

South Korea travel agency offers package

SOUTH Korea's biggest travel agency, Hana Tours, will include Davao City to its official tour package for South Korean tourists visiting the Philippines, an official announced Friday. At the sideline of Big Davao Fun Sale opening Friday at the Grand Men Seng Hotel, Department of Tourism (DOT) Asst. More here: South Korea travel agency offers package

German investors invited

FINANCE Secretary Cesar V. Purisima has urged for more German investments in the Philippines, encouraging the European country to set up a trade house here to increase collaboration between the two countries. More here: German investors invited

Travel exhibit, booklet chronicle 180 years of Ginebra San Miguel

To celebrate the 180th anniversary of its flagship Ginebra San Miguel brand, Ginebra San Miguel, Inc. (GSMI) is launching a traveling exhibit and several commemorative items highlighting the history and heritage of the world’s largest selling gin and its bond with Filipinos. The traveling exhibit will chronicle the history of the Philippines’ first-ever gin, which […] More here: Travel exhibit, booklet chronicle 180 years of Ginebra San Miguel

Saturday, March 15, 2014

No need to prove financial capacity when traveling abroad, BI says

MANILA -- Filipinos who wish to travel abroad either as tourists or overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) are not required to show proof of financial capacity before they are allowed to leave, the Bureau of Immigration (BI) clarified on Saturday. More here: No need to prove financial capacity when traveling abroad, BI says

Holi weekend splash for travel companies

An extended weekend is on the cards this week owing to Holi and that has given the leading travel portals and tour operators a lot to cheer about. More here: Holi weekend splash for travel companies

Philippines-Taiwan: Time to embrace

Last 05-09 March, this writer had the welcome opportunity to visit Taiwan and head a delegation of 60 professionals and businessmen from different parts of the Philippines including members of the Taiwan Chamber of the South Philippines (TCSP) to engage with their Taiwanese counterparts. Coming Full Circle In Taiwan The members of the Philippine Delegation […] More here: Philippines-Taiwan: Time to embrace

Philippines-Taiwan: Time to embrace

Last 05-09 March, this writer had the welcome opportunity to visit Taiwan and head a delegation of 60 professionals and businessmen from different parts of the Philippines including members of the Taiwan Chamber of the South Philippines (TCSP) to engage with their Taiwanese counterparts. Coming Full Circle In Taiwan The members of the Philippine Delegation […] More here: Philippines-Taiwan: Time to embrace

BI: Financial proof not requisite for travel abroad

MANILA, Philippines – The Bureau of Immigration (BI) clarified that showing proof of financial capacity is not a requirement for Filipinos who want to travel abroad, contrary to a news report. A news report (not on Rappler) said the bureau will be requiring this of all Filipinos leaving the country, as ... More here: BI: Financial proof not requisite for travel abroad

Financial capacity not a requirement to travel–Immigration chief

MANILA, Philippines – Netizens were irate over a newspaper story that said financial capacity may be required to travel abroad. But the immigration chief was quick to clear the confusion. In a statement on Saturday, Bureau of Immigration (BI) commissioner Siegfred Mison clarified that financial capacity was not a requisite for Filipinos to travel abroad either as tourists or overseas Filipino ... More here: Financial capacity not a requirement to travel–Immigration chief

Friday, March 14, 2014

Peninsula revives unique, enlightening, stylish tours

Sun, sea, sand and spa are major inducements on most luxury travel itineraries in the Philippines. But for some affluent travelers, having an educational experience is the most desirable memento. Instead of exploring a city with a map, they would rather get as much cultural, culinary and lifestyle immersions as they can, done in high style. More here: Peninsula revives unique, enlightening, stylish tours

Phil-Poland tourism link eyed

CLARK FREEPORT -- A top official of the Poland Chamber of Tourism expressed optimism that Philippines will attract Polish tourist as the agency is exploring possibilities to establish a linkage to promote tourism in both countries. More here: Phil-Poland tourism link eyed

DOTC chief: It's still safe to travel

The government on Wednesday assured the public of the safety in riding Philippine air carriers amid the continuing search for the Malaysia Airlines jet that has gone missing for five days now. Transportation Secretary Joseph Emilio Abaya said he wants to reassure flyers that Philippine air carriers are still safe to ride, even after the mysterious disappearance of the foreign aircraft that had ... More here: DOTC chief: It's still safe to travel

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Where is 'Tabing Ilog' star Paula Peralejo now?

Former actress Paula Peralejo, who is best known for her role in the youth-oriented series "Tabing Ilog," is now busy running a travel agency with her husband, Charlie Fernandez. More here: Where is 'Tabing Ilog' star Paula Peralejo now?

Makati City, in the Philippines, deemed selfie capital of the world

Where are the most selfie-obsessed places on the planet? Makati City outside Manila in the Philippines has been dubbed the selfie capital of the world by Time magazine, which also ranked the Disney dominated Anaheim-Santa Ana area as fourth. Sorry, Angelenos, Los Angeles didn't make it in the top 100. More here: Makati City, in the Philippines, deemed selfie capital of the world

3 Batangas tourist spots’ rehab pushed

Talisay, Batangas – There are specific indicators that economy is getting livelier in this sleepy, third-class town in the remote fringes of Taal Lake. Mayor Gerry Natanauan said the local government is prioritizing the rehabilitation of tourists’ areas in three little known and pristine waterfalls here. Eugenio Salisi, municipal executive assistant for economic development of the Talisay, he ... More here: 3 Batangas tourist spots’ rehab pushed

STRATAGEM: The Future of Philippine Tourism 20XX

MANILA, Philippines – MICE Management students of the University of the Philippines’ Asian Institute of Tourism present STRATAGEM: The Future of Philippine Tourism 20XX on Saturday, March 15, at the NISMED Auditorium, UP Diliman, Quezon City from 8 am to 5 pm. The one-day forum will cover the relevance of travel ... More here: STRATAGEM: The Future of Philippine Tourism 20XX

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

PH exhibits at huge Vancouver outdoor adventure and travel show

The Philippines, through its Department of Tourism unit in San Francisco, was an exhibitor at the recently concluded Outdoor Adventure and Travel Show at the Vancouver Convention Centre on May 8-9. More here: PH exhibits at huge Vancouver outdoor adventure and travel show

Fitial wants to come back

Former governor Benigno R. Fitial wants to return to the CNMI from the Philippines to face the criminal charges filed against him, saying he has no desire to become a fugitive. More here: Fitial wants to come back

DOTC chief: It’s still safe to travel

The government on Wednesday assured the public of the safety in riding Philippine air carriers amid the continuing search for the Malaysia Airlines jet that has gone missing for five days now. Transportation Secretary Joseph Emilio Abaya said he wants to reassure flyers that Philippine air carriers are still safe to ride, even after the […] More here: DOTC chief: It’s still safe to travel

Cebu Pacific to add more domestic flights this summer

MANILA, Philippines – Low-cost carrier Cebu Pacific will add more inter-island flights this summer to keep up with one of the busiest travel seasons of the year. More here: Cebu Pacific to add more domestic flights this summer

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

DOTC chief: It’s still safe to travel

The government on Wednesday assured the public of the safety in riding Philippine air carriers amid the continuing search for the Malaysia Airlines jet that has gone missing for five days now. Transportation Secretary Joseph Emilio Abaya said he wants to reassure flyers that Philippine air carriers are still safe to ride, even after the […] More here: DOTC chief: It’s still safe to travel

Netizens: Peace and order makes it more fun in San Fernando

San Fernando City, La Union — This city boasts of many tourist attractions: the La Union Botanical Garden, a scientific garden and the center for laboratory research in Northern Luzon which is the first of its kind in the Philippines; His post: “Keep up the good work. More here: Netizens: Peace and order makes it more fun in San Fernando

Mega travel sale in Davao City a success

THE Davao Travel Agencies Association (DTAA) said the just concluded 5th Davao Mega Travel Sale that was held on March 7 to 9 was a success. The 5th Davao Mega Travel Sale: Explore, Encounter, Experience was held at the Abreeza Mall. More here: Mega travel sale in Davao City a success

Netizens: Peace and order makes it more fun in San Fernando

San Fernando City, La Union — This city boasts of many tourist attractions: the La Union Botanical Garden, a scientific garden and the center for laboratory research in Northern Luzon which is the first of its kind in the Philippines; the 25-foot statue of Christ the Redeemer at Reservoir Hill, overlooking the city proper and […] More here: Netizens: Peace and order makes it more fun in San Fernando

Fitial wants to come back

Former governor Benigno R. Fitial wants to return to the CNMI from the Philippines to face the criminal charges filed against him, saying he has no desire to become a fugitive. More here: Fitial wants to come back

Mike Arroyo’s bid to travel to Japan, Europe opposed

State prosecutors opposed on Tuesday Mike Arroyo’s request to travel to Japan and Europe on two separate occasions starting March 29. More here: Mike Arroyo’s bid to travel to Japan, Europe opposed

Balancing act

Sherson Lian, host and judge of Amazing Food Challenge: Fun In The Philippines, tells Nur Aqidah Azizi about the challenges on the show More here: Balancing act

Paris, still the world’s No.1 tourist destination

Some 32.3 million tourists say France's city of light and romance can't be beat. More here: Paris, still the world’s No.1 tourist destination

Balancing act

Sherson Lian, host and judge of Amazing Food Challenge: Fun In The Philippines, tells Nur Aqidah Azizi about the challenges on the show More here: Balancing act

Balancing act

Sherson Lian, host and judge of Amazing Food Challenge: Fun In The Philippines, tells Nur Aqidah Azizi about the challenges on the show More here: Balancing act

Monday, March 10, 2014

Paris, still the world’s No.1 tourist destination

Some 32.3 million tourists say France's city of light and romance can't be beat. More here: Paris, still the world’s No.1 tourist destination

Gov't expects recovery in air traffic

MANILA, Philippines - The Civil Aeronautics Board (CAB) sees air traffic in the Philippines growing faster this year due to the government’s efforts to lure more foreign visitors into the country as well as the expansion of routes of airlines. More here: Gov't expects recovery in air traffic

Editorial: Philippines world’s top tourism destination

The Philippines has been included among the top 10 countries in the world to visit by American online news aggregator Huffington Post, which published the survey “10 Places to Go in 2014” that offer cheap ways to stay, play and eat. It cited the country’s mix of cosmopolitan affordability and splendid nature that offer a […] More here: Editorial: Philippines world’s top tourism destination

Schengen Visa for Filipinos

Philippine Ambassador to Portugal Philippe J. Lhuillier has facilitated a partnership with the Greek Embassy in Manila which enables Filipinos to apply for Schengen visas through its office in the Philippines. According to Lhuillier, this arrangement will benefit Filipinos who want to travel to Portugal, especially overseas Filipino workers who wish to bring over family members or relatives over ... More here: Schengen Visa for Filipinos

Travel Guide: Captivating Baler

Baler is not just a Surfers Paradise, Its an Ideal Summer Holiday Destination for Family and Group of Friends – Melo Villareal Despite being a small town, Baler is incredibly popular as a tourist destination. It’s located on the beautiful east coast of Luzon, in Aurora Province, and has one of the top surf destinations […] No visits yet The post Travel Guide: Captivating Baler appeared first on ... More here: Travel Guide: Captivating Baler

Why the Philippines is the place to be this summer

MANILA, Philippines – When you live in a country that fuses together urban sophistication, impressive skylines, gorgeous beaches and the friendliest people on this side of the world, it’s hard not to look forward to it at its finest – during the summer. Yes, the Philippines boasts some of the most exciting prospects for the [...] More here: Why the Philippines is the place to be this summer

Sunday, March 9, 2014

Going to Tacloban? Be a tourist and volunteer

An outpouring of sympathy in the wake of Super Typhoon Yolanda (international name: Haiyan) has sparked an enterprise called “voluntourism.” More here: Going to Tacloban? Be a tourist and volunteer

Cambodia envoy lauds Clark airport growth

CAMBODIA Ambassador Tuot Panha said the viability of Clark International Airport will make it one of the progressive international gateways in the Philippines. The ambassador said she would like to see flights between Clark and Phnom Penh or Clark and Siem Reap, now one of the favored tourist destinations in Cambodia. More here: Cambodia envoy lauds Clark airport growth

10 commandments for your next travels

MANILA, Philippines – While most people complain about packing, airline food and immigration lines, I am usually in a state of happy confusion as I pick out my travel outfits, munch on plane fare with gusto and feel excited as I line up to get my passport stamped. I ... More here: 10 commandments for your next travels

Saturday, March 8, 2014

Travel Guide: Baler Heritage Walk

With time to spare in Baler, I decided I’d go for a walk following the Heritage Trail developed by DOT Region 3 and Provincial Tourism Office. They named it Baler Heritage Walk, a trail that hits most of the historical sights in Baler. Dona Aurora Aragon Quezon House The nice thing about this is that you […] (Visited 4 times, 1 visits today) The post Travel Guide: Baler Heritage Walk appeared ... More here: Travel Guide: Baler Heritage Walk

Friday, March 7, 2014

It’s easy to get US Visa, says Ambassador

Despite the perception of some Filipinos that it is difficult to secure one, US Ambassador to the Philippines Philip Goldberg insists that "it is easy to get" a US tourist visa and that "majority of applications are even approved." "Actually it's not (difficult to get a US visa). It is rather standard and a very easy process," Goldberg told reporters on Saturday during the opening of the US ... More here: It’s easy to get US Visa, says Ambassador

CEB marks 18th year with system-wide P1-seat sales

The Philippines’ leading airline, Cebu Pacific Air (PSE:CEB), announced yesterday a P1 trademark system-wide seat sale to celebrate its 18th year of operations. The promotion covers all of its 33 domestic and 24 international destinations. The seat sale is from March 7 to 9, 2014 or until seats last, for travel from September 1 to December 15, 2014. CEB launched its first daily flights to Cebu ... More here: CEB marks 18th year with system-wide P1-seat sales

PH tries to lure back Magellan's land

MANILA, Philippines – Nearly 500 years after the Portuguese Ferdinand Magellan discovered the Philippines, the Southeast Asian country struggles to convince Lisbon to re-open its Manila embassy. Philippine Ambassador to Portugal Philippe Jones Lhuillier told reporters on Thursday, March 6, that there is a sign of progress: Portugal, for ... More here: PH tries to lure back Magellan's land

Thursday, March 6, 2014

Discovery Hotel Group honors top clients

MANILA, Philippines—The Discovery Leisure Company Inc. (TDLCI), the hotel and resorts company that manages Discovery Suites in Ortigas Business District, Discovery Shores Boracay and Discovery Country Suites Tagaytay held an appreciation party for their corporate bookers and travel trade partners at the Aracama Restaurant and Bar at the Fort Bonifacio Global City last night. TDLCI [...] More here: Discovery Hotel Group honors top clients

Ruby Tuason leaves for Hong Kong? Immigration lookout list only for monitoring, won't stop departure

Explaining the travel of Ruby Tuason to Hong Kong, the Bureau of Immigration (BI) on Wednesday clarified that it cannot prevent a person from leaving the country even if he or she is on the bureau's lookout list. More here: Ruby Tuason leaves for Hong Kong? Immigration lookout list only for monitoring, won't stop departure

PH warned about backlash from China

MANILA, Philippines – If the carrot doesn't work, the sticks could follow. Observers warned about a possible backlash from China once the Philippines files its memorial, or written pleading, in its historic case over the West Philippine Sea (South China Sea). The memorial is due on March 30. More here: PH warned about backlash from China

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Still fun!

After it’s more fun (and more funds for the hapless victims of Yolanda), it will be more, more fun in the Philippines. With a difference. In travel fairs where PH will be participating, the pitch is to be “site-specific.” The way DOT Secretary Ramon Jimenez told “Bulong Pulungan” at Sofitel, the word PHILIPPINES will be in small letters, but the names of 16 selected sites including Palawan ... More here: Still fun!

Cajucom: Puerto Princesa Diaries ep.03: Island hopping fun

AS PER the itinerary sent to us months ahead by the very efficient and highly commendable E-Philippines Adventure Travel and Destinations scheduled the Underground River Tour for our second day in paradise. More here: Cajucom: Puerto Princesa Diaries ep.03: Island hopping fun

Puerto Princesa Diaries ep.03: Island hopping fun

AS PER the itinerary sent to us months ahead by the very efficient and highly commendable E-Philippines Adventure Travel and Destinations scheduled the Underground River Tour for our second day in paradise. After a restful sleep following our long travel from the mountains of Baguio, to the metropolis on our way to NAIA, to the fabulous island city of Puerto Princesa, we were ready for the next ... More here: Puerto Princesa Diaries ep.03: Island hopping fun

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

DOT urged to promote film tourism in PH

MANILA, Philippines - The Department of Tourism (DOT) should consider promoting the Philippines as an ideal destination for filming movies, an executive of an international travel search engine said. More here: DOT urged to promote film tourism in PH

‘Site-specific’ tourism marketing

If the Department of Tourism, under Tourism Secretary Mon Jimenez, banked on the “It’s More Fun in the Philippines” slogan to “sell” the Philippines to the world’s tourists, the tagline, he says, is being tweaked a bit to make it more “site specific.” More here: ‘Site-specific’ tourism marketing

Tigerair offers P10 seat sale in time for graduation

TIGERAIR Philippines is offering a P10 Graduation Sale from March 10 to 12 for all domestic flights. “Take advantage of this spectacular promo in time for graduation. We believe there is no better gift than a gift of travel for those deserving students. More here: Tigerair offers P10 seat sale in time for graduation

Bohol tourist arrivals plummet

MORE than four months after the 7.2-magnitude earthquake hit Bohol in October last year, the area has suffered a significant decrease in tourist arrivals. More here: Bohol tourist arrivals plummet

‘Stonehenge,’ ‘Big Ben,’ ‘Harry Potter,’ others in 3-day British fest in Taguig

Filipino anglophiles should ready their best “selfie” poses as well as their best jumpshots as top tourist attractions in the United Kingdom (UK), Stonehenge, Tower Bridge, Buckingham Palace and Big Ben are coming to the Philippines for a three-day festival of British Culture. More here: ‘Stonehenge,’ ‘Big Ben,’ ‘Harry Potter,’ others in 3-day British fest in Taguig

Monday, March 3, 2014

Two Phuket tourist vans collide injuring six

PHUKET: Two tourist vans collided last night near the main Tesco Lotus in Samkong, injuring six.One tourist and both drivers remain in the hospital today.A Maikhao Sakoo Co Ltd van driven by Sulaiman ... More here: Two Phuket tourist vans collide injuring six

Man caught trying to exchange $10000 notes

Tourist police recently arrested a man for trying to exchange fake US currency in Phuket. The Thai suspect, 39, was caught with 482 fake US$10,000 banknotes on Saturday. Upon arrest, the suspect ... More here: Man caught trying to exchange $10000 notes

Information: Boracay, Palawan Asia's best islands

Two-world-famous Philippine tourist destinations – Boracay and Palawan – have been named among the top 10 best islands in Asia for 2014 by renowned travel ratings website TripAdvisor, headquartered in the United States of America. Boracay was in sixth place, while Palawan ranked eighth in the list, released on February 24, 2014, the other islands in the list are Ko Tao in Surat Thani, Thailand; More here: Information: Boracay, Palawan Asia's best islands

Sunday, March 2, 2014

PH: Where success lies

Kuala Lumpur – President Benigno S. Aquino III flew back to Manila yesterday after a two-day state visit in Malaysia with loads of commitments from Malaysian companies to consider investments in the Philippines. Before leaving for Manila Friday night, President Aquino told Malaysian businessmen that “the Philippines is where your next success lies” while urging them to join the country’s journey ... More here: PH: Where success lies

Editorial: Staying more fun in Philippines

Go the extra mile to make tourists the happiest visitors to the Philippines and make them return again and again to explore every corner, every peak, every shoreline of the archipelago – this was the challenge posed by government to individuals, corporations, and organizations to bolster the robust growth of the tourism sector. The government provides full support to the tourism industry ... More here: Editorial: Staying more fun in Philippines

Editorial: Staying more fun in Philippines

Go the extra mile to make tourists the happiest visitors to the Philippines and make them return again and again to explore every corner, every peak, every shoreline of the archipelago – this was the challenge posed by government to individuals, corporations, and organizations to bolster the robust growth of the tourism sector. The government provides full support to the tourism industry ... More here: Editorial: Staying more fun in Philippines

PH: Where success lies

Kuala Lumpur – President Benigno S. Aquino III flew back to Manila yesterday after a two-day state visit in Malaysia with loads of commitments from Malaysian companies to consider investments in the Philippines. Before leaving for Manila Friday night, President Aquino told Malaysian businessmen that “the Philippines is where your next success lies” while urging them to join the country’s journey ... More here: PH: Where success lies

Trucks on Commonwealth Avenue overloaded - DPWH

MANILA, Philippines - Trucks that travel along the capital's so-called "killer highway" have been found to be overloaded. Of the nearly 1,135 trucks that used the 12.4-kilometer Commonwealth Avenue in Quezon City last January, at least 369 or 33% are loaded beyond the vehicle ... More here: Trucks on Commonwealth Avenue overloaded - DPWH

Saturday, March 1, 2014

US Embassy trumpets programs, ‘easy visa’ processing, Americana in mall tour

The United States Embassy in Manila on Saturday launched a multimedia event to celebrate Philippine-US ties and showcase the embassy’s programs and services, including “friendly” tourist visa processing. More here: US Embassy trumpets programs, ‘easy visa’ processing, Americana in mall tour

Amazing Food Challenge: Fun in the Philippines, Asian Food Channel’s brand new travel and culinary reality show

Last week, I was invited by Asian Food Channel for the grand launch of their newest Travel and Culinary Show. Together with other foodie bloggers, members of the tri-media, Department of Tourism Officials, AFC officials and other guests, we sampled some of the Philippines most famous dishes according to region. Amazing Food Challenge first episode […] No visits yet The post Amazing Food ... More here: Amazing Food Challenge: Fun in the Philippines, Asian Food Channel’s brand new travel and culinary reality show

It’s easy to get US Visa, says Ambassador

Despite the perception of some Filipinos that it is difficult to secure one, US Ambassador to the Philippines Philip Goldberg insists that "it is easy to get" a US tourist visa and that "majority of applications are even approved." "Actually it's not (difficult to get a US visa). It is rather standard and a very easy process," Goldberg told reporters on Saturday during the opening of the US ... More here: It’s easy to get US Visa, says Ambassador

PH: Where success lies

Kuala Lumpur – President Benigno S. Aquino III flew back to Manila yesterday after a two-day state visit in Malaysia with loads of commitments from Malaysian companies to consider investments in the Philippines. Before leaving for Manila Friday night, President Aquino told Malaysian businessmen that “the Philippines is where your next success lies” while urging […] More here: PH: Where success lies

Celebrating one Malaysia

IT WAS a good start for the new year when Tourism Malaysia invited media and travel agents from the Philippines to witness the Visit Malaysia Year (VMY) 2014. It was Malaysia’s another way of saying “we have great places to explore” and “thank you for being one of the top generating markets in Malaysia.” Tourism Malaysia (TM) is aggressive in its promotion as 219 international travel agents and ... More here: Celebrating one Malaysia

It’s easy to get US Visa, says Ambassador

Despite the perception of some Filipinos that it is difficult to secure one, US Ambassador to the Philippines Philip Goldberg insists that “it is easy to get” a US tourist visa and that “majority of applications are even approved.” “Actually it’s not (difficult to get a US visa). The vast majority of people who apply […] More here: It’s easy to get US Visa, says Ambassador