Archive | October, 2008

Cebu Pacific offers zero fare for Clark hub, Manila – Osaka Flights

Low-fare airline of the Gokongwei’s, Cebu Pacific (CEB) is offering its trademark zero fare for its Manila-Osaka (Japan) and Clark to Bangkok, Hong Kong, Macau and Singapore flights.

The zero-fare seat sale will run from Oct. 29-Nov. 7, 2008 and is valid for travel from Dec. 1, 2008-Jan. 31, 2009.

Passengers will just pay for fuel and insurance surcharge ranging from US$ 45 to US$ 110 per way.

Candice Iyog, CEB vice president for marketing and distribution, said, “We want to encourage passengers from Central and Northern Luzon to experience traveling to our neighboring Asian countries this holiday season.”

She added, “We also hope to bring in foreign tourists to the wonderful attractions in Subic, Clark, Baguio, Benguet and the Ilocos region.” Continue Reading

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Longevity Wellness Resort Wins Best Development Of 2008

“It is with great pleasure that LONGEVITY welcomes this award, an award which is comes as recognition of a vision, of a concept, of a company, of a location and of the efforts and dedication of a great team…,” stated Nazir Sacoor, Chairman and CEO of LONGEVITY Group.

This award also comes as confirmation of the market’s positive response to LONGEVITY WELLNESS RESORT MONCHIQUE, a development which sold 41% of its properties during the first nine months since launching.

Front and center to this Portuguese international real estate triumph, LONGEVITY WELLNESS RESORT MONCHIQUE can now proudly exhibit the CNBC EUROPE & AFRICA PROPERTY AWARDS logo, a symbol of excellence recognized and appreciated by an increasingly well informed and exigent global public. Continue Reading

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Miss Earth 2008 beauties campaign to vote “Underground River” in wonders search

Candidates of Miss Earth who visited here over the weekend are embarking on a campaign to support and vote for the Puerto Princesa Subterranean River National Park (PPSRNP) as one of the wonders of the world.

The PPNSRNP, home of the longest navigable subterranean river, has remained solid in the No. 1 spot for five consecutive weeks since Sept. 22 in the ongoing search for the New 7 Wonders of Nature.

From Sept. 22 to present, the world renowned “Underground River” occupied the top position in the live ranking on the search new nature wonders.

”I am telling these ladies that to have a breathtaking and unique underwater cave experience, go to Puerto Princesa’s Underground River”, Carla Paula Henry said, referring to 30 Miss Earth beauties who participated in the swimsuit competition here last Saturday. Continue Reading

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Thailand opens world’s longest tunnel aquarium

The world’s longest tunnel aquarium, located in Chiang Mai in the north of Thailand, opened on Oct. 26.

The Chiang Mai Zoo’s aquarium, set on a 1.6 hectare plot of land, is made up of freshwater and ocean sections. It is 133 metres long and 66.5 metres wide, according to Xinhua news agency.

The aquarium, being built by the Zoological Park Organisation (ZPO), features the world’s longest tunnel aquarium which houses about 8,000 aquatic animals of 250 different species.

The new 600-million-baht aquarium is expected to boost tourism in Chiang Mai, which is expected to be the venue of the the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Summit in December.

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Philippine Airlines re-launches Cebu-Osaka flights after 7 years

Flag-carrier Philippine Airlines (PAL) re-launched a direct service flights between Cebu and Osaka, Tokyo after seven years of halted operation to boost tourism and trade between the two countries.

The Lucio Tan-owned carrier re-launched it October 26 “giving Cebu its third link to economically booming North Asia and boosting Japanese tourism and trade to southern Philippines.”

Jaime J. Bautista, said “The restoration of PAL link between these two dynamic cities underscores the importance we place in both Osaka as a major source market of tourism and investors, and on Cebu as a destination of choice for the Japanese.”

Bautista said newly delivered, modern Airbus A320 aircraft, which seat 12 passengers in the Mabuhay (business) class and 144 in the Fiesta (economy) class, are used to serve the route. Continue Reading

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Vietnam to host ASEAN Tourism Forum 2009

Vietnam’s capital city of Hanoi will be the venue for over 1,500 delegates, including policy makers and managers from ASEAN countries, to gather at a regional forum focusing on tourism slated for September 5-12, 2009.

The ASEAN Tourism Forum 2009 will include meetings of ASEAN tourism ministers and the ministers with dialogue partners.

Leaders of national tourism offices, the ASEAN task forces on tourism integration, and ASEAN Tourism Association Board will have working sessions within the event.

An ASEAN Tourism Expo (Travex) and various activities will also be included. Continue Reading

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Carlson Hotels Worldwide Reinvigorates Patented Look To Book(SM) Program For Travel Agents

Carlson Hotels Worldwide today announced that it is reinvigorating its trailblazing, patented look to bookSM travel agent loyalty program. The program, which began in 1992 and is noted as the industry standard for recognizing travel agents for their brand loyalty, will now offer new generation functionality, as well as a contemporary design and enriched communication features to further enhance benefits to agents worldwide.

All five of Carlson Hotels Worldwide brands participate in the look to book program, and include Regent Hotels & Resorts (; Radisson Hotel & Resorts® (; Park Plaza® Hotels & Resorts (; Country Inns & Suites By CarlsonSM (; and Park Inn® ( The company’s global portfolio currently consists of 995 hotels and resorts with 148,493 guestrooms in 74 countries. The 1,000th location is anticipated to open in mid-December 2008. Continue Reading

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Airlines say holiday bookings still strong

Minneapolis business manager Roque Rossetti plans to make his annual trip home to Sao Paulo, Brazil, for Christmas. The 35-year-old said the sagging economy gave him no second thoughts about shelling out $1,200 for the ticket.

“If I wait longer, I’d probably pay more, and I might not end up going,” he said. But, he added, “I’m secure. I don’t have kids or a wife. My house is paid for.” Continue Reading

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Taiwan’s China tourism boom stumbles amid financial turmoil

Taiwan welcomed the first Chinese visitors arriving on direct flights three months ago as a boon for tourism, but global financial troubles and local political uncertainty might deflate such hopes.

Taiwan has severely limited trade and travel with China since the two sides split at the end of a civil war in 1949, but change has been rapid since Beijing-friendly Ma Ying-jeou became president in May.

His government resumed talks with Beijing in June, which led to the launch of regular direct flights and tripling the number of Chinese allowed to visit the island to 3,000 daily the following month. Continue Reading

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Dubai’s new ventures drive tourism targets

The recent unveiling of a plethora of exciting new developments means that Dubai is well on track to achieve tourism targets of 15 million tourists per year by 2015.

Shows such as the recent Arabian Travel Market 2008, which opened to record crowds, provide the emirate with a platform to demonstrate its position as a leading destination for tourism by unveiling a series of awe-inspiring and pioneering new developments. Dubai is successfully diversifying its economy, and considerably increasing investment in infrastructure across a range of sectors pinpointed as crucial drivers in attracting visitors to the emirate.

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Cebu Pacific to Start Flights to Japan

Japan has agreed to allow Cebu Pacific Air of the Philippines to launch flight services to Japan, the transport ministry said Friday.

It will be the third low-cost airline to start flights to Japan, after Australian Jetstar Airways and Hong Kong Express Airways. The move is expected to intensify severe price competition at a time when the economy is deteriorating.

From Nov. 20, Cebu Pacific will start operating round-trip flights three times a week between Kansai International Airport in Osaka Prefecture and Manila International Airport with 150- to 180-seat medium-sized airplanes.

The airline previously planned to launch flights to Japan in July but postponed the start of the service mainly due to surging fuel costs.

Cebu Pacific owns 20 airplanes and operates 20 routes to China and Southeast Asian countries from Manila and Cebu.

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Albanian tourism and Real Estate Property investments are on the rise

Being the first UK and Albanian based Albanian agents with over 10 years experience in the Albanian property market, Albania Properties Ltd is proud to announce the extended plans in assisting the most prestige companies in introducing golf resorts, blue chip companies relocation in Albania, collaborating on opening the largest shopping mall in Tirana and other major projects.

Albania has become a regional tourist destination with lots to offer and much to explore its hidden treasures.

Among the populated beaches of Durres and Vlora, Albania offers unexplored stretches on the north and south coasts of the Adriatic and Ionian seas, which are attracting more interest among foreign tourists, foreign investors and holiday property buyers.

The numbers of visitors are increasing sharply year on year and statistics from June recorded a 20% increase of visits to Albania from the same period last year minister Ylli Pango said a press conference. Continue Reading

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