Archive | January, 2011

Philippine Tourism Arrivals All time high in 2010

Department of Tourism (DOT) Secretary Albert Lim expressed joy and satisfaction on Thursday when he received positive reports from the department’s marketing and plans and promotions divisions.

DOT Secretary Alberto Lim

DOT Secretary Alberto Lim

The report said in 2010, inbound tourists to the Philippines reached 3.52 million, thereby, surpassing the 3.3 million earlier set by the department.

“The assumption of a new administration in July ushered in a renewed spirit and confidence in the Philippines as a tourist destination. This has pumped up growth in the second half of 2010 at 21.2 percent than the first semester’s increase at 12.2 percent,” said Lim. Continue Reading

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How to find Hunting Tours

Some countries in North America, Africa and Europe are still into Big Game Hunting nowadays. Its is all about the trophy wild animal when a seasoned hunter is out looking for the record breaking and impressive trophy.

The size, type, the length, the weight of the animal is all part of who bagged the biggest trophy. Africa for one is still hooked with the large big game hunting, Big game hunting in the United States is known for hunting the white tail deer, elk, bear, and other animals. In New Zealand, hunting birds and other animals is still popular while in Asia and Russia, black bear hunting is still the top hunting activity. What about Hunting tours? Different countries treat the tours differently.

According to statistics, there is still nearly over 100,000 brown and black bears and the population of the said Bear specie in Russia stays the same over the years with the largest population than any other country today. Since a large portion of black bear hunting is concentrated in the Pacific coast and the European parts of Russia, hunting tours is quite popular in this part of the world.

Equipped with Tactical Gun Armory and Sig Sauer p226 accessories, some hunting tours guides have been taking black bear tourist hunters to the wilderness in Russia for years. Tours offer different types of bear hunting in oat fields, by stalking a large black bear and bear hunting with dogs.

Hunting tours also offer lodging, set meals, hunting itinerary, 4×4 vehicle, hunting guides, hunting licenses, trophy prices, veterinary examination of trophy, cites, and interpreters for foreigners. Hunting tours usually last for up to seven days and it also includes some site seeing in Russia.

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Valentines & Vineyards: Oregon Wine Country – a Romantic Destination

A nip in the fresh country air, a cozy fire in your deluxe room, massages for two, a disarmingly divine meal paired with world class pinot noir. If that’s not a recipe for romance, what is? The Allison Inn & Spa, Oregon wine country’s premier luxury resort on 35 hillside acres has created a Valentine’s package to make anyone swoon:

The Allison’s Valentines & Vineyards Package- Starting from $430
The Allison’s Valentines & Vineyards Package- Starting from $430

February means romance is in the air, so why not escape to the ultimate wine country resort in the peaceful Willamette Valley? Valentine’s Day is the perfect holiday to cherish quality time together, enjoy a luxurious bedroom with king bed, fireplace and soaking tub. Complimentary chilled champagne upon arrival starts the celebration…followed by a delicious, customized four-course dinner in the acclaimed JORY Restaurant featuring Oregon Wine Country Cuisine ensures a meal to be remembered. (Special menu available on Sunday and Monday evenings only. On Friday and Saturday, guests may order from the a la carte menu and receive a $150 credit towards food and beverage). Continue Reading

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Carnival, Music and Adventure in Jamaica add Excitement to Winter Getaways

A spectacular roster of events makes Jamaica an exciting choice for travel this winter season. Following are highlights of the destination’s offerings that celebrate its fascinating culture, delicious cuisine, and legendary music.

Bob Marley Museum 2- Jim Smith courtesy of the Jamaica Tourist Board
Bob Marley Museum 2- Jim Smith courtesy of the Jamaica Tourist Board

Winner of three Grammy awards, the Maroon 5 band will rock the stage at the Jamaica Jazz & Blues Festival (Jan. 23 – 29, 2011). This globally popular event will be held at the Trelawny Multi-Purpose Stadium, located just east of the island’s tourist capital, Montego Bay. Additional confirmed acts include: Air Supply, Laura Izubor, Regina Belle, SWV, Ron Isley, Alison Hinds, Brenda Russell, Phil Perry and Diana King: Continue Reading

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31st International Tourism Fair opens in Madrid

The 31st edition of the International Tourism Fair (FITUR) opened here Wednesday at the IFEMA exhibition center.

10,500 exhibiting companies from 166 countries and regions are expected to participate in the exhibition, which will run until January 23. In addition, more than 124,000 professionals and about 7,500 travel journalists are expected to attend the fair.

This year, new exhibiting destinations such as the Republic of the Congo, Zambia and Pakistan, are making their first appearance, while New Zealand, Namibia, Lebanon and South Africa are among the destinations with new official delegations.

The exhibition is only open to industry professionals during the first three days, but the last two see the doors thrown open to the public, who can visit and perhaps discover a new and fascinating destination for their next holidays.

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Hong Kong : Chinese New Year parade 2011

The 16th International Chinese New Year Night Parade will be staged on Feb. 3 at Tsim Sha Tsui, featuring a total of 36 floats and performing groups from 11 countries and regions, announced the Hong Kong Tourism Board (HKTB) on Tuesday.

Chinese New Year 2011
Chinese New Year 2011

Organized by the HKTB and sponsored by Cathay Pacific Airways, the parade will adopt the theme “World City, World Party” to promote Hong Kong’s cosmopolitan appeal and tourism attractions. Continue Reading

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Calypso, Culture And Carnival Time In The Caribbean

The Caribbean is synonymous with sunshine and sandy beaches, however there’s so much more to this picture-perfect group of islands to enjoy, from their rich cultural heritage to the plethora of lively carnivals and festivals that take place annually. Long-haul specialist, Tropical Sky, offers a choice of Caribbean destinations and with key events taking place across 2011, there are holidays to suit every taste and budget.

Steel Pan Barbados Crop over Festival
Steel Pan Barbados Crop over Festival

Trinidad and Tobago Carnival: 7 – 8 March
The world-famous street festival is an event not to be missed, from the colourful costumes to the flamboyant Caribbean dance and music, this extravagant celebration is a hit with adults and children alike. Continue Reading

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Top Rated Travel App Adds New Features to Make Mobile Search for Travel a More Intuitive Experience

KAYAK ( unveiled a new version of the KAYAK Mobile application for the iPhone platform. Based on six months of design and user research, the new KAYAK application includes a complete user interface redesign, and maximizes speed and reliability of search functions. KAYAK Mobile applications have been downloaded nearly five million times since their introduction in March 2009.

Kayak Mobile Application
Kayak Mobile Application

“We continue to listen to user feedback and conduct research in an effort to create the most reliable and intuitive mobile travel application available,” said KAYAK Chief Architect Bill O’Donnell. Continue Reading

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Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority eyes 7-M Asian cruise travelers

The Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority (SBMA) has set its sights on the projected surge of Asian cruise travelers in the next five years through joining pioneering industry players in the region to market Asia as one cruise destination.

SBMA administrator Armand Arreza said Subic has signified its intention to capitalize on the growing cruise market by joining the Asia Cruise Terminal Association (ACTA).

The Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority
The Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority

“We’re banking on positive industry projections for this growing market niche, now that the global economic crisis has been hurdled,” Arreza said. Continue Reading

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Guidelines for Dinagyang Festival 2011 Media accreditation

The Iloilo Dinagyang Foundation, Inc. (IDFI) has set some guidelines for media accreditation to be followed both by the local and national media practitioners in covering the Iloilo Dinagyang Festival 2011 on January 22-23.

Nena Magalona of the Publicity and Media Relations Committee said each media practitioner who wants to cover the event should secure a media accreditation.

Dinagyang Festival 2011
Iloilo Dinagyang Festival 2011

She noted that the foundation will only issue accreditation to those practitioners affiliated with legitimate media organization or agency.

Since the deadline of accreditation for local media was supposedly last Monday, the foundation has extended the deadline until January 14 to give way to those media practitioners who failed to secure their accreditation forms. Continue Reading

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Devoties expected to join “SadSad” in the upcoming Dinagyang Festival 2011

Iloilo’s 2011 Dinagyang Festival looked forward to heighten people’s devotion to Sr. Sto Niño with its ‘religious sadsad’ which according to several testimonies had already granted devotees’ petitions.

dinagyang festival 2011
Dinagyang Festival 2011

The activity slated Jan 22 will boost the second day of the three-day highlights of the annual Dinagyang Festival.

“This is one-hour non-stop dance offering to Señor Santo Niño”, Dominador ‘Jun’ Rivera, chairman of the festival’s Liturgical Committee said. Continue Reading

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