Thursday, July 31, 2014

Asia tourist boom prompts airport building binge

From China and India to the Philippines and Indonesia, the fast-growing middle classes are looking to spend their cash by spreading their wings, leading to a boom in the Asia-Pacific region's tourism sector. ''Through the next 10 years, we see more than 350 new airports in the Asia-Pacific and the investment cost will be well over $100 billion,'' said Chris De Lavigne, a global vice president at ... More here: Asia tourist boom prompts airport building binge

AirAsia taps Amadeus for booking flights

Travel agencies in the Philippines can now book AirAsia flights after Amadeus provided the low-cost carrier (LCC) with its light ticketing technology. AirAsia becomes the first airline in the Asia Pacific region to use the technology which combines Amadeus traditional shopping, booking and back-office flows with real-time dynamic fares provided through AirAsia’s XML connection. The technology ... More here: AirAsia taps Amadeus for booking flights

AirAsia taps Amadeus for booking flights

Travel agencies in the Philippines can now book AirAsia flights after Amadeus provided the low-cost carrier (LCC) with its light ticketing technology. AirAsia becomes the first airline in the Asia Pacific region to use the technology which combines Amadeus traditional shopping, booking and back-office flows with real-time dynamic fares provided through AirAsia’s XML connection. The […] More here: AirAsia taps Amadeus for booking flights

Napoles lawyer: Luy traveled to Europe, owns flashy cars

The lawyer of alleged pork barrel scam mastermind Janet Lim-Napoles said he wants to summon the travel records of principal whistleblower Benhur Luy. More here: Napoles lawyer: Luy traveled to Europe, owns flashy cars

Philippines to ferry workers out of Libya after beheading, rape

The Philippines dispatched its foreign minister on Thursday to oversee the evacuation of 13,000 citizens from Libya after a Filipino construction worker was beheaded and a nurse gang-raped there. Foreign Secretary Albert del Rosario said he is reprising a 2011 mission to Tunisia that also evacuated, mostly by ferry, thousands of Filipino workers during the uprising that toppled Libyan dictator ... More here: Philippines to ferry workers out of Libya after beheading, rape

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Asia tourist boom sparks $124bil airport building binge

SINGAPORE - Faced with snaking queues at immigration, overflowing baggage carousels and expensive flight delays, Asian nations are rushing to build hundreds of new airports to cope with surging demand for air travel in the region. From China and India to the Philippines and Indonesia, the fast-growing middle classes are looking to spend their cash by spreading their wings, leading to a boom in ... More here: Asia tourist boom sparks $124bil airport building binge

Asia tourist boom sparks S$124b airport building binge

SINGAPORE - Faced with snaking queues at immigration, overflowing baggage carousels and expensive flight delays, Asian nations are rushing to build hundreds of new airports to cope with surging demand for air travel in the region. From China and India to the Philippines and Indonesia, the fast-growing middle classes are looking to spend their cash by spreading their wings, leading to a boom in ... More here: Asia tourist boom sparks S$124b airport building binge

Asia tourist boom fuels airport binge

From China and India to the Philippines and Indonesia, the fast-growing middle classes are looking to spend their cash by spreading their wings, leading to a boom in the Asia-Pacific region's tourism sector. "Through the next 10 years, we see more than 350 new airports in the Asia-Pacific and the investment cost will be well over $100 billion," said Chris De Lavigne, a global vice president at ... More here: Asia tourist boom fuels airport binge

Asia tourist boom sparks S$124b airport building binge

SINGAPORE - Faced with snaking queues at immigration, overflowing baggage carousels and expensive flight delays, Asian nations are rushing to build hundreds of new airports to cope with surging demand for air travel in the region. From China and India to the Philippines and Indonesia, the fast-growing middle classes are looking to spend their cash by spreading their wings, leading to a boom in ... More here: Asia tourist boom sparks S$124b airport building binge

Tourist boom fuels rush for bigger, better airports in Asia

Asian countries are rushing to build hundreds of new airports to cope with surging demand for air travel in the region. More here: Tourist boom fuels rush for bigger, better airports in Asia

Travel agent sought in fraud, theft case

National City police are looking for Ernesto Arbulante of Elvie's Boutique and Travel. More here: Travel agent sought in fraud, theft case

Travel agent sought in fraud, theft case

National City police are looking for Ernesto Arbulante of Elvie's Boutique and Travel. More here: Travel agent sought in fraud, theft case

National City Police need help finding airline ticket fraud victims

Police are investigating Elvie's Boutique and Travel at 550 E. Eighth St.in National City. More here: National City Police need help finding airline ticket fraud victims

Police investigating South Bay travel agency for possible fraud

NATIONAL CITY (CNS) - Several people who bought airline tickets through a National City travel agency never received them, including one family who became stranded in the Philippines, police said Wednesday. More here: Police investigating South Bay travel agency for possible fraud

PH travel agencies can now book AirAsia flights via Amadeus platform

Travel software maker Amadeus has provided AirAsia with light ticketing technology, allowing travel agencies in the Philippines to book their flights with the airline via the Amadeus platform. AirAsia becomes the first airline in the Asia Pacific region to use the technology, which combines Amadeus traditional shopping, booking, and back-office flows with real-time dynamic fares […] More here: PH travel agencies can now book AirAsia flights via Amadeus platform

Statement: The Secretary of Education on SONA 2014

Sec. Luistro: The Department of Education is one with President Benigno S. Aquino III in fulfilling his promises to the Filipino people. We remain committed to the Filipino learner. More here: Statement: The Secretary of Education on SONA 2014

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Asia tourist boom fuels airport binge

From China and India to the Philippines and Indonesia, the fast-growing middle classes are looking to spend their cash by spreading their wings, leading to a boom in the Asia-Pacific region's tourism sector. "Through the next 10 years, we see more than 350 new airports in the Asia-Pacific and the investment cost will be well over $100 billion," said Chris De Lavigne, a global vice president at ... More here: Asia tourist boom fuels airport binge

Asia tourist boom fuels airport binge

Faced with snaking queues at immigration, overflowing baggage carousels and expensive flight delays, Asian nations are rushing to build hundreds of new airports to cope with surging demand for air travel ... More here: Asia tourist boom fuels airport binge

Statement: The Secretary of the Interior and Local Government on Janet Lim Napoles’ transfer to Bicutan

Sec. Roxas: The Philippine National Police (PNP) has communicated with the Regional Trial Court of Makati, which in turn issued a Comment interposing no objection to the Order of the Sandiganbayan anti-graft court. Hence, the PNP and the BJMP will cause the transfer of Janet Lim Napoles to the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP) Bicutan facility within the day. More here: Statement: The Secretary of the Interior and Local Government on Janet Lim Napoles’ transfer to Bicutan

DOE chairs 2014 Consumer Welfare Month

The Department of Energy (DOE) formally accepted the chairmanship and hosting of the Consumer Welfare Month (CWM) for 2014 from its predecessor, the Department of Health (DOH) to strengthen information dissemination to energy consumers. More here: DOE chairs 2014 Consumer Welfare Month

Message of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process on Eid’l Fitr

Assalamu alaikum. I greet our sisters and brothers in Islam on their celebration of Eid'l Fitr. As we mark the end of the Holy Month of Ramadhan, let us remember that it has been a month full of blessings to enrich spirituality and peace in our communities. More here: Message of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process on Eid’l Fitr

Pope to visit Sri Lanka, Philippines in January: official

Pope Francis will travel to Sri Lanka and the Philippines in January for his second trip to a continent where evangelisation is a big priority for the Catholic Church, the Vatican said on Tuesday. More here: Pope to visit Sri Lanka, Philippines in January: official

Pope to visit Sri Lanka, Philippines in January: official

Pope Francis will travel to Sri Lanka and the Philippines in January for his second trip to a continent where evangelisation is a big priority for the Catholic Church, the Vatican said on Tuesday. The 77-year-old will visit Sri Lanka from January 12 to 15, before heading to the Philippines -- Asia's largest Catholic country -- until January 19. Catholics make up just 3.2 percent of the ... More here: Pope to visit Sri Lanka, Philippines in January: official

Philippines: Visions Of The Future

July 29, 2014: MILF is accusing the army of violating the ceasefire in the south (Maguindanao province) by moving troops around a lot. The army replied that this was in an effort to deal with BIFF (Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters) rebels in the area. More here: Philippines: Visions Of The Future

Monday, July 28, 2014

Philippines’ Debt Boosts Credit Outlook

The Philippines ’ public debt has been falling fast, helping its chances of credit upgrades and further attracting foreign capital. On Friday, the government said total public debt as a fraction of gross domestic product fell to 49% in 2013. A decade ago the ratio stood at 75%. More here: Philippines’ Debt Boosts Credit Outlook

The Down Side Of Great Expectations For Travel

It seems that when we engage a travel service provider, be they a giant cruise line or a taxi driver, the experience can go one of three ways. It is not good when a travel service provider falls short of the expectation set, but acceptable ways to react are predictable. More here: The Down Side Of Great Expectations For Travel

Philippines’ Debt Boosts Credit Outlook

The Philippines ’ public debt has been falling fast, helping its chances of credit upgrades and further attracting foreign capital. On Friday, the government said total public debt as a fraction of gross domestic product fell to 49% in 2013. A decade ago the ratio stood at 75%. More here: Philippines’ Debt Boosts Credit Outlook

The Ultimate Travel Guide to Boracay Island

Why Boracay? Among the many options for spending your vacations in the Philippines, Boracay always manages to stand out for several reasons. In this Boracay Travel Guide, I will share to you why everyone loves the island. Recognized as one of the Best Beaches in the World, Boracay Island is surrounded by some of the most […] (Visited 10 times, 12 visits today) The post The Ultimate Travel Guide ... More here: The Ultimate Travel Guide to Boracay Island

Travel alert for deadly virus

WA health authorities have stepped up monitoring of a killer SARS-related virus. More here: Travel alert for deadly virus

Philippines’ Debt Boosts Credit Outlook

The Philippines ’ public debt has been falling fast, helping its chances of credit upgrades and further attracting foreign capital. On Friday, the government said total public debt as a fraction of gross domestic product fell to 49% in 2013. A decade ago the ratio stood at 75%. More here: Philippines’ Debt Boosts Credit Outlook

Beautiful mosques in the Philippines

MANILA, Philippines – The Philippines is known for its beautiful centuries-old churches, with some even recognized as UNESCO World Heritage Sites. But do you know that we have beautiful and striking mosques, too – or masjids , as they are more commonly called among Muslims? In the spirit of Eid Al-Fitr, here ... More here: Beautiful mosques in the Philippines

Beautiful mosques in the Philippines

MANILA, Philippines – The Philippines is known for its beautiful centuries-old churches, with some even recognized as UNESCO World Heritage Sites. But do you know that we have beautiful and striking mosques, too – or masjids , as they are more commonly called among Muslims? In the spirit of Eid Al-Fitr, here ... More here: Beautiful mosques in the Philippines

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Travel Blogger Sabrina Iovino conquers the world, falls in love with the Philippines

Blogger Sabrina Iovino is getting to know the world one country at a time for the past four years. Since leaving her 9-to-5 job in her native Germany in 2008, the travel blogger behind the popular website JustOneWayTicket.com has never looked back. Now, 50 countries later, she continues to discover more places and go back […] No visits yet The post Travel Blogger Sabrina Iovino conquers the ... More here: Travel Blogger Sabrina Iovino conquers the world, falls in love with the Philippines

Growth in tourist arrivals show: It’s more fun in the Philippines

The Philippines registered 2,061,135 international visitor arrivals during the period of Jan-May, 2014 growing at 2.47% as compared to the same months in 2013 with registered arrivals of 2,011,520 More here: Growth in tourist arrivals show: It’s more fun in the Philippines

Growth in tourist arrivals show: It’s more fun in the Philippines

The Philippines registered 2,061,135 international visitor arrivals during the period of Jan-May, 2014 growing at 2.47% as compared to the same months in 2013 with registered arrivals of 2,011,520 More here: Growth in tourist arrivals show: It’s more fun in the Philippines

The future of travel

Travel search site Skyscanner predicts that by 2024 airports will be uplifting, intelligent spaces providing passengers with a sense of wellbeing; The report predicts how passengers will be able to enjoy a stress-free and speedy check-in followed by a relaxing and bespoke flight. More here: The future of travel

Saturday, July 26, 2014

The future of travel

Travel search site Skyscanner predicts that by 2024 airports will be uplifting, intelligent spaces providing passengers with a sense of wellbeing; and airlines will become cyber hubs where travelers can create havens to suit their business or leisure needs. LANDSIDE AND SEAMLESS DEPARTURES With foreign tourist arrivals in the Philippines from January to May this […] More here: The future of travel

The future of travel

Travel search site Skyscanner predicts that by 2024 airports will be uplifting, intelligent spaces providing passengers with a sense of wellbeing; and airlines will become cyber hubs where travelers can create havens to suit their business or leisure needs. LANDSIDE AND SEAMLESS DEPARTURES With foreign tourist arrivals in the Philippines from January to May this […] More here: The future of travel

Friday, July 25, 2014

SoCal Pinoys claim travel agency duped them

By Steve Angeles, ABS-CBN North America Bureau July 25, 2014 NATIONAL CITY, California – A group of angry customers of a travel agency formed outside its office for the past several weeks claiming that they have been scammed. Last week, witnesses said that Elvie’s Travel was raided by police. A computer and hard drives were […] More here: SoCal Pinoys claim travel agency duped them

Not a Topix user yet?

News on Philippines Travel continually updated from thousands of sources around the net. More here: Not a Topix user yet?

The modern adventurer

Wearing puffy and quilted down jackets in most places in the Philippines seems preposterous at first. In recent years, many Filipinos get to travel and explore outdoor destinations both locally and internationally," says Ruby Palma, assistant vice president for the Primer Group of Companies, a Southeast Asian brand retailer and distributor. “We’re even seeing more Filipinos traveling alone than ... More here: The modern adventurer

The Best of the Philippines book launch

LAUNCHED last April 10 at the Tapas Bar of the Makati Shangri-La Manila hotel, the first travel coffee table book of its kind with a quirky and confident title of The Best of the Best of the Philippines was eagerly awaited by guests when it was finally unveiled to the public. More here: The Best of the Philippines book launch

Pinoys claim travel agency duped them

NATIONAL CITY, California - A group of angry customers of a travel agency formed outside its office for the past several weeks claiming that they have been scammed. More here: Pinoys claim travel agency duped them

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Tigerair Philippines launches new domestic routes

MANILA, Philippines - Tiger Airways Philippines, a unit of budget carrier Cebu Air Inc. (Cebu Pacific), is beefing up its fleet as it pursues new domestic routes in the second half of 2014. The low cost carrier is set to take the delivery of an additional Airbus A320 in December to ... More here: Tigerair Philippines launches new domestic routes

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Thailand Hopes To Meet 26-million Tourist Arrival Target By Year End

BANGKOK, July 24 (Bernama) - Thailand's tourism industry is expected to recover in the second half of the year and reach its target of 26.2 million foreign tourist arrivals by year end, Vietnam News Agency (VNA) reported. More here: Thailand Hopes To Meet 26-million Tourist Arrival Target By Year End

Featured Traveler: Nathan Allen of Idreamedofthis.com

Nathan Allen was born in Arizona and grew up in California, in the U.S. He always had a fear of flying, and ironically his first flight was all the way to London from California! During his year long stay in the Philippines, he started a travel blog called “I Dreamed Of This”. His blogpost about […] (Visited 8 times, 8 visits today) The post Featured Traveler: Nathan Allen of Idreamedofthis.com ... More here: Featured Traveler: Nathan Allen of Idreamedofthis.com

Cebu Parklane Int’l. Hotel celebrates 8th anniversary

WITH a theme reminiscent of the 1930s and the film, The Great Gatsby, Cebu Parklane International Hotel celebrated its 8th anniversary in style last July 11. More here: Cebu Parklane Int’l. Hotel celebrates 8th anniversary

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Cebu Parklane International Hotel celebrates 8th anniversary

With a theme reminiscent of the 1930s and the film, The Great Gatsby, Cebu Parklane International Hotel celebrated its 8th anniversary in style last July 11. More here: Cebu Parklane International Hotel celebrates 8th anniversary

Millions In Indonesia To Travel Home To Celebrate Eid Fitri

PEKANBARU (Riau), July 21 (Benama) -- Around 27.9 million people in Indonesia are expected to travel home to villages to celebrate the Islamic post fasting celebration of Eid Fitri, up seven per cent from last year, Indonesia's Antara news agency reported police as saying. More here: Millions In Indonesia To Travel Home To Celebrate Eid Fitri

Monday, July 21, 2014

Philippines Raises Storm Alert Level as Matmo Churns Toward Taiwan

The Philippines raised storm alert levels on Tuesday as Typhoon Matmo threatened to drench the extreme north of the main island of Luzon with heavy rain as it churned toward Taiwan and mainland China. More here: Philippines Raises Storm Alert Level as Matmo Churns Toward Taiwan

Philippines raises storm alert level as Matmo churns toward Taiwan

The Philippines raised storm alert levels on Tuesday as Typhoon Matmo threatened to drench the extreme north of the main island of Luzon with heavy rain as it churned toward Taiwan and mainland China. Packing sustained winds of 130 kph (80 mph) and gusts of up to 160 kph, Matmo was moving at 24 kph northwest towards central Taiwan. Retired Admiral Alexander Pama, executive director of the ... More here: Philippines raises storm alert level as Matmo churns toward Taiwan

With more than 7,000 islands, can Philippines be an int’l cruise destination?

With more than 7,000 islands throughout the archipelago, international cruise ship companies are looking at the Philippines as a possible cruise destination, Philippine Ambassador to the United States Jose Cuisia said More here: With more than 7,000 islands, can Philippines be an int’l cruise destination?

NAITAS, DOT eye tourist destinations

The said event was organized by the National Association of Independent Travel Agencies Philippines (NAITAS) Inc. and was proudly endorsed by the Department of Tourism described Central Visayas as “a minefield for potential inbound & outbound travel.” and “a resilient market with domestic tourism on the rise”. More here: NAITAS, DOT eye tourist destinations

NAITAS, DOT eye tourist destinations

The said event was organized by the National Association of Independent Travel Agencies Philippines (NAITAS) Inc. and was proudly endorsed by the Department of Tourism described Central Visayas as “a minefield for potential inbound & outbound travel.” and “a resilient market with domestic tourism on the rise”. More here: NAITAS, DOT eye tourist destinations

Sandiganbayan junks Cunanan’s plea to reverse travel ban ruling

MANILA, Philippines --- The Sandiganbayan fifth division on Monday junked the plea of Dennis Cunanan for the court to reconsider its decision junking the travel motion of the pork barrel scam-tainted official. The court was referring to its decision not to allow Cunanan to travel to Japan and US because of the risk that he might flee as he faces graft charges over the scam. Cunanan had told the ... More here: Sandiganbayan junks Cunanan’s plea to reverse travel ban ruling

DFA expediting travel papers of kin of Filipino victims in MH17 crash

The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) is assisting the relatives of Filipinos who perished in the Malaysian Airlines flight MH17 in getting their passports and visa to travel to the Netherlands. More here: DFA expediting travel papers of kin of Filipino victims in MH17 crash

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Giving tourism workers a competitive edge (last of two parts)

More than eight months since a 7.2-magnitude earthquake struck Bohol, tourism has gotten back on its feet with the implementation of the Bohol Tourism Recovery Program. “Building better”, is how Atty. Lucas Nunag of the Amarela Resort on Panglao Island sums up the program. But it’s not just about infrastructure, he says. “It needs to […] More here: Giving tourism workers a competitive edge (last of two parts)

Travel Gadget: Momax iPower Go Mini 7800mAh Power Bank

Momax iPower Go Mini 7800mAh Power Bank Review Modern smartphones connect us with our lives more than any device ever has, but with the increased connectivity and more useful features comes increased power consumption. If you use up all the power your device has, but can’t get it on the charger right away – you can’t […] No visits yet The post Travel Gadget: Momax iPower Go Mini 7800mAh Power ... More here: Travel Gadget: Momax iPower Go Mini 7800mAh Power Bank

Sandigan forfeits P1.25-M Imelda Marcos travel bond

MANILA, Philippines – The fifth division of the anti-graft court Sandiganbayan has forfeited the P1.25 million travel bond posted by Ilocos Norte Rep Imelda Marcos for her visit to China last May. In the Sheriff's Report dated July 17, 2014, Acting Chief Judicial Officer Albert A. dela ... More here: Sandigan forfeits P1.25-M Imelda Marcos travel bond

With more than 7,000 islands, can Philippines be an int’l cruise destination?

With more than 7,000 islands throughout the archipelago, international cruise ship companies are looking at the Philippines as a possible cruise destination, Philippine Ambassador to the United States Jose Cuisia said More here: With more than 7,000 islands, can Philippines be an int’l cruise destination?

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Hainan tours canceled as typhoon approaches

Travel agencies in the city have canceled tours to Hainan and started giving refunds to customers as Typhoon Rammasun approaches the island province. Tourists already in the province have been advised to remain in their hotels with return flights being arranged soon, travel agencies said. More here: Hainan tours canceled as typhoon approaches

Travel to see Balut Volcano and the hot springs of Sarangani

Like exotic fruits ripe for the picking, the town of Sarangani (not to be confused with nearby Sarangani province) hangs off the southern tip of mainland Davao Occidental, the country’s newest province created only last year. The municipality is mainly composed of two big islands called Balut and Sarangani. Boarding ... More here: Travel to see Balut Volcano and the hot springs of Sarangani

Friday, July 18, 2014

Producer’s notebook: As reconstruction crawls, the spirit of Tacloban prevails

Citizens of Tacloban sort through the rubble still left in the wake of Typhoon Haiyan. Credit: Brian Epstein When I was first assigned to travel to the Philippines to see how the city of Tacloban was fairing half a year after Typhoon Haiyan ravaged the city and the surrounding areas, I kept getting flashbacks of those horrifying images in the days right after the storm hit. So many killed. So ... More here: Producer’s notebook: As reconstruction crawls, the spirit of Tacloban prevails

Top 10 Exquisite Honeymoon Destinations in the Philippines for 2014

Are you looking for perfect honeymoon destination in the Philippines? Honeymoon is the best way to relax and spend time with your new better half after the wedding, and if you are looking for one, The Philippines has plenty of romantic places to go. Here are top 10 exquisite honeymoon destinations in the Philippines which […] (Visited 91 times, 91 visits today) The post Top 10 Exquisite ... More here: Top 10 Exquisite Honeymoon Destinations in the Philippines for 2014

7 Reasons to Explore Northern Philippines

Summer is over but there are still 7 reasons why you should go North! Check out why exploring Northern Philippines is your best bet when wanderlust kicks in come rain or shine. 1. THE NLEX The North Luzon Expressway (NLEX) is known as the “Gateway to the North”. It spans 84 kilometers of world-class expressway […] More here: 7 Reasons to Explore Northern Philippines

Ex-TNT now helps run travel agency in Rome

ROME – A former undocumented worker in Italy is helping run her husband's travel agency business in Rome. More here: Ex-TNT now helps run travel agency in Rome

Thursday, July 17, 2014

With more than 7,000 islands, can Philippines be an int’l cruise destination?

With more than 7,000 islands throughout the archipelago, international cruise ship companies are looking at the Philippines as a possible cruise destination, Philippine Ambassador to the United States Jose Cuisia said More here: With more than 7,000 islands, can Philippines be an int’l cruise destination?

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The Best of the Philippines book launch

LAUNCHED last April 10 at the Tapas Bar of the Makati Shangri-La Manila hotel, the first travel coffee table book of its kind with a quirky and confident title of The Best of the Best of the Philippines was eagerly awaited by guests when it was finally unveiled to the public. More here: The Best of the Philippines book launch

The Best of the Philippines book launch

LAUNCHED last April 10 at the Tapas Bar of the Makati Shangri-La Manila hotel, the first travel coffee table book of its kind with a quirky and confident title of The Best of the Best of the Philippines was eagerly awaited by guests when it was finally unveiled to the public. More here: The Best of the Philippines book launch

UN World Tourism Organization praises PHL tourism sector

The UN World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) has praised the Philippines for keeping the tourism sector afloat despite two major natural disasters last year. The post UN World Tourism Organization praises PHL tourism sector appeared first on Good News Pilipinas . Related posts: Bangon Tours aim to help Yolanda-hit areas through tourism PHL outsourcing sector to add 100,000 jobs in 2014 PHL’s Liter ... More here: UN World Tourism Organization praises PHL tourism sector

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

First of talk series to tackle ‘new face’ of tourism

The Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA) Philippines Chapter has announced it will be holding a series of Talks, “Pinoy Chikka,” to update those involved in Tourism and Hospitality with the latest trends and best practices in the industry. More here: First of talk series to tackle ‘new face’ of tourism

Typhoon Rammasun/Glenda makes landfall in the Philippines

Typhoon Rammasun has made landfall in the Philippines with wind gusts of up to 185 kilometres per hour. More here: Typhoon Rammasun/Glenda makes landfall in the Philippines

Premiere resort El Nido undergoes international environment assessment

Premiere tourist site El Nido has gone through environmental assessment of internationally recognized Green Fins Environmental Code of Conduct that’s hoped to ensure its coral reefs’ preservation and sustainable tourist operation. Green Fins has started monitoring El Nido’s compliance with its Code of Conduct through the support of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP). UNEP has opted ... More here: Premiere resort El Nido undergoes international environment assessment

Typhoon Rammasun/Glenda bears down on Philippines' eastern coast

Typhoon Rammasun is approaching the Philippines eastern coast with wind gusts of up to 150 kilometres per hour. More here: Typhoon Rammasun/Glenda bears down on Philippines' eastern coast

Monday, July 14, 2014

Is Malaysia Safe for Tourists? FCO Issues Travel Advice After Gun Attack on Mabul

The Foreign and Commonwealth office has warned tourists against all but essential travel to parts of Malaysia following a number of attacks involving people travelling in the area. Heavily armed gunmen recently killed a policeman and kidnapped another at the Mabul Water Bungalows Resort on the island of Mabul. We have launched a security operation to track down the criminals," police official ... More here: Is Malaysia Safe for Tourists? FCO Issues Travel Advice After Gun Attack on Mabul

Travel photos we wish we'd taken

Check out our gallery of your best travel photos from around the world, and submit your own at CNN iReport. More here: Travel photos we wish we'd taken

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Gunmen attack diving resort in Sabah

A policeman was killed and a second kidnapped after heavily armed gunmen opened fire at a Malaysian diving resort off Borneo island, a fresh escalation of violence in the tourist hotspot, a security official said Sunday. More here: Gunmen attack diving resort in Sabah

Gunmen attack diving resort on Malaysia's Borneo island

A policeman was killed and a second kidnapped after heavily armed gunmen opened fire at a Malaysian diving resort off Borneo island, a fresh escalation of violence in the tourist hotspot, a security official said Sunday. The shooting on Mabul island is the latest in a spate of abductions in Malaysia's remote Sabah state, home to some of the world's top diving sites, with travel agents saying the ... More here: Gunmen attack diving resort on Malaysia's Borneo island

Gunmen attack Sabah diving resort

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia – A policeman was killed and a second kidnapped after heavily armed gunmen opened fire at a Malaysian diving resort off Borneo island, a fresh escalation of violence in the tourist hotspot, a security official said Sunday, July 13. The shooting on Mabul island is the latest in ... More here: Gunmen attack Sabah diving resort

Gunmen attack Malaysia’s diving resort off Borneo

A policeman was killed and a second kidnapped after heavily armed gunmen opened fire at a Malaysian diving resort off Borneo island, a fresh escalation of violence in the tourist hotspot, a security official said Sunday. More here: Gunmen attack Malaysia’s diving resort off Borneo

Saturday, July 12, 2014

Gunman attack diving resort on Malaysia's Borneo island

Kuala Lumpur (AFP) - A policeman was killed and a second kidnapped after heavily armed gunmen opened fire at a Malaysian diving resort off Borneo island, a fresh escalation of violence in the tourist hotspot, a security official said Sunday. More here: Gunman attack diving resort on Malaysia's Borneo island

Top 10 Best Hostels in Metro Manila 2014

As Saint Augustine says, “The world is a book, and those who do not travel read only a page”. This Travel quote inspires us to explore every nook and corner of the world to realize that still there are many things which are unknown to us. Its pity that tourists often avert to explore, as […] (Visited 2 times, 6 visits today) The post Top 10 Best Hostels in Metro Manila 2014 appeared first on Out ... More here: Top 10 Best Hostels in Metro Manila 2014

Friday, July 11, 2014

India To Introduce e-Visa At 9 Airports

NEW DELHI, July 10 (Bernama) -- India will be introducing Electronic Travel Authorisation (e-Visa) in a phased manner at nine airports to encourage and ease tourist arrivals in the country. More here: India To Introduce e-Visa At 9 Airports

DOT to launch more tourism commercials

The Department of Tourism (DOT) said that the government will roll out more advertising materials featuring other top tourist destinations in the Philippines in the coming months. Tourism Secretary Ramon R. Jimenez, Jr. said the government is shifting its focus of promotional campaigns and marketing efforts towards specific destinations worthy of becoming a "brand of their own." “It is not only ... More here: DOT to launch more tourism commercials

Premiere resort El Nido undergoes international environment assessment

Premiere tourist site El Nido has gone through environmental assessment of internationally recognized Green Fins Environmental Code of Conduct that’s hoped to ensure its coral reefs’ preservation and sustainable tourist operation. Green Fins has started monitoring El Nido’s compliance with its Code of Conduct through the support of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP). UNEP has opted ... More here: Premiere resort El Nido undergoes international environment assessment

DOT rolls out new ‘It’s More Fun in the Philippines’ ads

To step up its tourism campaign dubbed It's More Fun in the Philippines, the Department of Tourism recently released four television commercials featuring Boracay, Davao, Cebu and Manila as top tourist destinations. More here: DOT rolls out new ‘It’s More Fun in the Philippines’ ads

Thursday, July 10, 2014

SF PH Consulate unveils tourism-friendly multimedia showroom

By Rommel Conclara, ABS-CBN North America Bureau July 10, 2014 SAN FRANCISCO – The push for tourism in the Philippines continues as the Philippine Consulate in San Francisco unveils its brand new multimedia showroom. The showroom includes a massive video wall and sound system that will constantly run different tourism videos, a souvenir shop of […] More here: SF PH Consulate unveils tourism-friendly multimedia showroom

New 'More Fun in PH' ads to roll out soon

MANILA – More advertisements featuring the country’s top tourist destinations will be released in the coming months, the Department of Tourism (DOT) said. More here: New 'More Fun in PH' ads to roll out soon

India To Introduce e-Visa At 9 Airports

NEW DELHI, July 10 (Bernama) -- India will be introducing Electronic Travel Authorisation (e-Visa) in a phased manner at nine airports to encourage and ease tourist arrivals in the country. More here: India To Introduce e-Visa At 9 Airports

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

It’s more fun in Philippines!

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It’s more fun in Philippines! You’d think tourists would be a timorous crowd, that they’d go only where they think it’s safe to go. Not where it’s safe, but where they think it is. That should mean a windfall for the Philippines, as Thailand-heading vacationers think twice, for example. More here: LATEST NEWS:

Philippines poor in prosecuting trafficking cases—US gov’t

By Vince Nonato, VERA Files Despite the Philippine government’s efforts to combat human trafficking, the United States’latest global Trafficking in Persons (TIP) Report said it its overall number of convictions remained low. “The Government of the Philippines does not fully … Continue reading → More here: Philippines poor in prosecuting trafficking cases—US gov’t

Stay home, it’s more fun in PH!

You’d think tourists would be a timorous crowd, that they’d go only where they think it’s safe to go. Not where it’s safe, but where they think it is. That should mean a windfall for the Philippines, as Thailand-heading vacationers think twice, for example. More here: Stay home, it’s more fun in PH!

Talks highlight warm PH-Singapore relations

The Philippines and Singapore emphasized the need for increased public awareness of the warm ties and significant cooperation between the two Southeast Asian countries amid the negative opinions against Filipinos recently expressed by a small segment of Singaporean society. “Singapore has become part of the Philippines’ story,” said Foreign Affairs Assistant Secretary Minda Calaguian-Cruz during ... More here: Talks highlight warm PH-Singapore relations

Talks highlight warm PH-Singapore relations

The Philippines and Singapore emphasized the need for increased public awareness of the warm ties and significant cooperation between the two Southeast Asian countries amid the negative opinions against Filipinos recently expressed by a small segment of Singaporean society. “Singapore has become part of the Philippines’ story,” said Foreign Affairs Assistant Secretary Minda Calaguian-Cruz during ... More here: Talks highlight warm PH-Singapore relations

Startup seeks to make travel booking easier

TRAVELING for some can be a turnoff if they see how much trouble they have to go through just to be able to visit a place. Two frequent travelers hope to encourage more people to travel the Philippines with their new business, which takes away the hassle of arranging for travel by providing all the details in one portal. More here: Startup seeks to make travel booking easier

Vigan among 21 finalists in New7Wonders search

Another tourist destination in the Philippines may soon be named a “new wonder of the world” as Vigan City is named a finalist in the online search by Swiss group New7Wonders. More here: Vigan among 21 finalists in New7Wonders search

Pinoy cocktails featured on CNN website

The Philippines has been featured on CNN Travel once again, with the website focusing this time on some of the country’s unique cocktails. More here: Pinoy cocktails featured on CNN website

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Better access to Cambodia and the Philippines

Transport Minister Gerry Brownlee says Cabinet approval of two new air services agreements will make it easier for New Zealanders to travel and do business in Cambodia and the Philippines. More here: Better access to Cambodia and the Philippines

How to kill a rat

One of the funniest travel accounts of the country is “An Englishwoman in the Philippines” by Campbell Dauncey (1906). Her comments on Philippine life and the American colonials in 1904 are an engaging read. She described Manila, MalacaƱang, and William Howard Taft who made a return visit to the Philippines as US secretary of war. She poked fun at everyone and everything in deadpan British humor ... More here: How to kill a rat

Philippines asks workers to leave Afghan cities

MANILA: The Philippines on Tuesday urged 4,000 workers in Afghanistan to leave the country amid an election stand-off that has raised fears of instability and ethnic unrest. More here: Philippines asks workers to leave Afghan cities

Philippines urges its workers to leave Afghanistan

The Philippines on Tuesday urged 4,000 workers in Afghanistan to leave the country amid an election stand-off that has raised fears of instability and ethnic unrest. "The Department of Foreign Affairs has issued Alert Level 3 (voluntary repatriation phase) for Afghanistan due to the heightened tensions in that country following the conduct of the presidential elections last June 14," it said in ... More here: Philippines urges its workers to leave Afghanistan

The 1st International Travel Festival 2014 at Ayala Center Cebu

ENJOY great discounts on airline fares, irresistible hotel and resort deals, domestic and international travel packages and more at the 1st Cebu International Travel Festival (ITF) 2014 at the Activity Center of Ayala Center Cebu from July 11-13. More here: The 1st International Travel Festival 2014 at Ayala Center Cebu

Monday, July 7, 2014

Arroyo asks court nod to attend El Shaddai leader’s renewal of vows

MANILA, Philippines -- Former president Gloria Macapagal Arroyo has asked the Sandiganbayan's nod for her to attend the renewal of wedding vows of El Shaddai leader Bro. Mike Velarde and wife Belen. In a motion, Arroyo said despite her illness, she is fit to travel from the Veterans Memorial Medical Center, where she is under hospital arrest, to Paraaque for the wedding. Arroyo said Velarde is ... More here: Arroyo asks court nod to attend El Shaddai leader’s renewal of vows

Department of Tourism conducts successful tourism mission in Hong Kong

The Department of Tourism conducted a two-day tourism mission in Hong Kong. The tourism mission aimed to relaunch the Philippines as a destination for the Hong Kong market and attracted more than 300 stakeholders from the travel and tourism industry. More here: Department of Tourism conducts successful tourism mission in Hong Kong

Friday, July 4, 2014

Ex-TRC chief a flight risk, can’t have bail–Sandigan

Describing Dennis Cunanan as a flight risk, the Sandiganbayan has denied the request to travel abroad this month of the former Technology Resource Center (TRC) official who is among those accused in the pork barrel scam. More here: Ex-TRC chief a flight risk, can’t have bail–Sandigan

We hear…

That NBA player Tyreke Evans is sponsoring New Orleans high school students, all Katrina survivors, to travel to the Philippines in August to build houses for tsunami victims . . . That... More here: We hear…

PH, China can still do business: envoy

China and the Philippines should work to strengthen weak economic ties, Beijing’s envoy to Manila has said, despite an acrimonious maritime dispute. “It is imperative and essential that the two countries focus (on) things that can unite us, focus on things that can promote common prosperity for both countries,” China Ambassador to the Philippines Zhao Jianhua told Filipino businessmen in a ... More here: PH, China can still do business: envoy

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Court: Cunanan a flight risk, can't travel abroad

MANILA, Philippines - Former Technology Resource Center (TRC) director general Dennis Cunanan will have to stay in the country and abide by a travel ban imposed on the 54 accused in the pork barrel scam. Anti-graft court Sanidganbayan 5th division on Friday, July ... More here: Court: Cunanan a flight risk, can't travel abroad

Sandiganbayan junks Cunanan’s travel bid

MANILA, Philippines--The Sandiganbayan Fifth Division denied the request of provisional state witness Dennis Cunanan, former director general of the Technology Resource Center (TRC) to travel abroad. Fifth Division chairman Roland Jurado, on Friday explained his was motion was denied because Cunanan is a flight risk. Cunanan, who is accused of graft on the pork barrel scam, has asked the anti ... More here: Sandiganbayan junks Cunanan’s travel bid

PH, China can still do business: envoy

China and the Philippines should work to strengthen weak economic ties, Beijing’s envoy to Manila has said, despite an acrimonious maritime dispute. “It is imperative and essential that the two countries focus (on) things that can unite us, focus on things that can promote common prosperity for both countries,” China Ambassador to the Philippines Zhao Jianhua told Filipino businessmen in a ... More here: PH, China can still do business: envoy

Travel Madness Expo opens today at SMX

The long-awaited Travel Madness Expo 2014 kicks off at 9 a.m. today (July 4) at the SMX Convention Center, Mall of Asia, Pasay City, where dazzling entertainment numbers preceded by a colourful dragon dance await the thousands flocking to this event to join its festive opening rites. The throng of visitors includes the who’s who in the tourism industry and the traveling public seeking some huge ... More here: Travel Madness Expo opens today at SMX

Filipino tourist arrivals into Japan up by 129% after CEB launches new Japan routes (CEBU Air Inc)

(Source: CEBU Air Inc) The only Philippine low-cost carrier operating between the Philippines and Japan, Cebu Pacific (PSE:CEB) is encouraged by recent Japan National Tourism Organization (JNTO) figures* indicating that the Philippines is one of its fastest growing source of foreign visitor arrivals. Philippine visitor arrivals to Japan grew by 129.5% in April 2014, compared to March 2014. For ... More here: Filipino tourist arrivals into Japan up by 129% after CEB launches new Japan routes (CEBU Air Inc)

Pay for Cebu Pacific Air flights to the Philippines even without a credit card (CEBU Air Inc)

(Source: CEBU Air Inc) Cash payment option now available at 20 select Al Rais and Abu Dhabi Travel Bureau branches The Philippines' largest airline, Cebu Pacific Air (PSE:CEB) now offers a new payment option for those in the United Arab Emirates, who are booking flights through http://ift.tt/15KKvvQ but have no credit cards or choose to pay in cash. Passengers can now visit 20 Al Rais Travel ... More here: Pay for Cebu Pacific Air flights to the Philippines even without a credit card (CEBU Air Inc)

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Feuding China, Philippines can still do business: envoy

China and the Philippines should work to strengthen weak economic ties, Beijing's envoy to Manila has said, despite an acrimonious maritime dispute. ''It is imperative and essential that the two countries focus (on) things that can unite us, focus on things that can promote common prosperity for both countries,'' ambassador Zhao Jianhua told Filipino businessmen in a speech late Tuesday. Manila ... More here: Feuding China, Philippines can still do business: envoy

Filipina Women’s Network offering fellowship

SAN FRANCISCO, California -- Filipina Women's Network is recruiting fellows for the cycle year 2014-2015. The fellowship includes the opportunity to travel to the Philippines to participate in the planning and execution of the 11th Filipina Leadership Global Summit (October 5-8, 2014). The program is designed to provide young professionals, grad or doctoral students, recent graduates ... More here: Filipina Women’s Network offering fellowship

Feuding China, Philippines can still do business: envoy

China and the Philippines should work to strengthen weak economic ties, Beijing's envoy to Manila has said, despite an acrimonious maritime dispute. ''It is imperative and essential that the two countries focus (on) things that can unite us, focus on things that can promote common prosperity for both countries,'' ambassador Zhao Jianhua told Filipino businessmen in a speech late Tuesday. Manila ... More here: Feuding China, Philippines can still do business: envoy

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Welcome to Flying Solo!

If you're planning to travel solo but are held back by safety concerns, here are some tips to help ease your worries. More here: Welcome to Flying Solo!

Feuding China, Philippines can still do business: envoy

China and the Philippines should work to strengthen weak economic ties, Beijing’s envoy to Manila has said, despite an acrimonious maritime dispute. ”It is imperative and essential that the two countries focus (on) things that can unite us, focus on things that can promote common prosperity for both countries,” ambassador Zhao Jianhua told Filipino businessmen […] More here: Feuding China, Philippines can still do business: envoy

Feuding China, Philippines can still do business: Beijing envoy

China and the Philippines should work to strengthen weak economic ties, Beijing's envoy to Manila has said, despite an acrimonious maritime dispute. More here: Feuding China, Philippines can still do business: Beijing envoy

Philippines Conducts Nationwide Quake Drill

MANILA, July 2 (Bernama) -- The Philippines on Wednesday organised a nationwide earthquake drill as it braces for the possibility of being hit by a major tremor, Xinhua news agency reported. More here: Philippines Conducts Nationwide Quake Drill

Feuding China, PHL can still do business, says envoy

China and the Philippines should work to strengthen weak economic ties, Beijing's envoy to Manila has said, despite an acrimonious maritime dispute. More here: Feuding China, PHL can still do business, says envoy

Ambassador: Feuding China, Philippines can still do business

MANILA, Philippines – China and the Philippines should work to strengthen weak economic ties, Beijing's envoy to Manila has said, despite an acrimonious maritime dispute. "It is imperative and essential that the two countries focus (on) things that can unite us, focus on things that can promote common prosperity for ... More here: Ambassador: Feuding China, Philippines can still do business

Feuding China, PH can still do business—envoy

China and the Philippines should work to strengthen weak economic ties, Beijing's envoy to Manila has said, despite an acrimonious maritime dispute. More here: Feuding China, PH can still do business—envoy

Cunanan conditionally arraigned for motion to travel

The Sandiganbayan third division on Wednesday allowed state witness Dennis Cunanan to be conditionally arraigned for his motion to travel abroad even as he faces graft charges over the pork barrel scam. More here: Cunanan conditionally arraigned for motion to travel

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Feuding China, Philippines can still do business says envoy

China and the Philippines should work to strengthen weak economic ties, Beijing's envoy to Manila has said, despite an acrimonious maritime dispute. "It is imperative and essential that the two countries focus (on) things that can unite us, focus on things that can promote common prosperity for both countries," ambassador Zhao Jianhua told Filipino businessmen in a speech late Tuesday. Manila ... More here: Feuding China, Philippines can still do business says envoy

PNoy: Terror threat in Davao based on 'raw' info

MANILA - President Benigno Aquino III appealed to the United Kingdom to go easy on its travel advisories for the Philippines amid reports of a terrorist threat in Davao City in Mindanao, which he said was "raw." More here: PNoy: Terror threat in Davao based on 'raw' info

Prosecutors oppose Cunanan’s bid to travel

The prosecution panel urged the Sandiganbayan not to allow state witness Dennis Cunanan to leave the country as he faces graft charges for his alleged involvement in the pork barrel scam. More here: Prosecutors oppose Cunanan’s bid to travel