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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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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.

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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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Radisson Blu Hotel Cebu Brings Lavish New Guest Experience to Town

When the highly anticipated 400-rooms Radisson Blu Hotel Cebu opens later this moth, it will set new standards in guest experience with a wide range of lavish amenities and services.

Asia Pacific’s first Radisson Blu hotel promises a unique and inviting interior design that combines the natural elements of local Cebu such as woodwork carvings, weaves and the mother of pearl.

Radisson Blu Hotel in Cebu
Radisson Blu Hotel in Cebu

This will be coupled with the simpicity of a hassle-free and prompt check-in, the option of late check-out, free high speed internet access in all guest rooms and public areas, complimentary breakfast that can be served anywhere in the hotel that the guest so desires, a fully equipped fitness centre, spa and even the option of baby-sitting services. Continue Reading

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Free, unlimited Cebu Pacific travel passes for best Pinoy travel blogs

Cebu Pacific (CEB), one of Asia’s fastest growing airlines, continues its advocacy of promoting travel as it launches the first ever Wandering Juan Blog Contest. This contest recognizes travel bloggers who share Cebu Pacific’s vision of frequent travels for every one through their informative and inspiring narratives.

The Wandering Juan Blog Contest is open to all Philippine residents who blog about traveling. Blog post nominations can be made for the following categories: Leisure and Relaxation (spa/medical tourism, shopping, entertainment, special events, among others), Culture and Heritage (food, history, landmarks, local festivals, among others), or Adventure and Sports (indoor and outdoor sports, sports events, extreme sports, camping, hiking, wildlife encounters, and more). Blog entries can be nominated just by filling out the nomination form on from June 1 to July 31, 2010.

CEB, in cooperation with Mozcom, Inc. and contest partners will reward the best blog entries with unlimited travel passes to any CEB domestic destination from September to October 2010, and a Fun Tours package to Cebu’s top resorts and hotels, inclusive of 3 days, 2 nights accommodations for two.

These Fun Tours Packages are for Shangri-La Mactan Resort and Spa (Leisure and Relaxation category), Marco Polo Plaza Cebu (Culture and Heritage category) and Hilton Cebu Resort and Spa (Adventure and Sports category).

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Castle in Osaka

There will also be a special Fun Prints Picturebook Travelers Edition package (where the winner can put together their own travel story book containing photos, captions, plane tickets and other travel memorabilia) for the Best Travel Blog Photography or blogs with the most enticing travel photos. Continue Reading

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Cebu Pacific now Philippines largest airline

Cebu Pacific (CEB) is now the Philippines’ largest airline by total number of passengers flown on domestic and international routes.

Based on Civil Aeronautics Board (CAB) data, CEB flew 2,448,990 domestic and international passengers from January to March this year, almost 110,000 more than Philippine Airlines’ system-wide figures of 2,339,788.

CEB claimed the No. 1 domestic carrier last year when it captured 50 percent of the domestic market share. It remains the number one carrier in 2010, with 51 percent market share. It started operations only in 1996.

“Our consistent focus and commitment to offering the lowest fares for value service continue to pay off. We expect to grow even more in the coming years as we take delivery of more brand-new planes which we will use to expand our capacity, increase frequencies, and fly to more local and foreign destinations,” said CEB VP for Marketing and Distribution Candice Iyog.

CEB is buying 22 more 180-seat Airbus A320 aircraft for delivery starting in Oct. this year till 2014, which by then would make the airline’s Airbus fleet the largest in the country as well.

The airline currently operates the youngest aircraft fleet in the country, composed of 21 Airbus and eight ATR 72-500 aircraft.

“Our expansion will drive our costs lower, benefiting the flying public with CEB’s trademark low fares,” said Iyog.

Last year, CEB flew 8.8 million domestic and international passengers, with a 31% year-on-year growth. This year, it expects the number to rise to 10 million. By 2013, CEB expects to carry a total of 15 million passengers, exceeding the capacity of the NAIA Terminal 3, its home base.

From the last quarter of 2010 onwards, CEB expects to strengthen its network of 33 domestic and 15 international destinations with more routes and increased frequencies. It just recently announced its newest Brunei route, slated to start this Aug. 21. Continue Reading

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European Union bans Philippine Airlines from entering EU’s air space

Effective today, Philippine Airlines, the country’s flag carrier, is banned from entering the air space of the 27-nation European Union (EU), it was decided on Tuesday by the Brussels-based European Commission (EC).

Reacting to the move, PAL acknowledged that the EC blacklist is “a direct consequence of the downgrade of the Philippine government’s aviation safety rating.”

PAL is the sole Philippine-certified airline with a permit to fly to the EU.

The move was part of EC’s overall evaluation of air travel safety to the European bloc. Continue Reading

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Philippines pushes tourism growth at World Travel Expo in London

The Philippines joined hundreds of exhibitors at the World Travel Market (WTM) show in London, as part of an ongoing long-term strategy to boost tourism into the country.

Together with members of the Philippine travel industry, the Department of Tourism (DOT) presented to a global audience of travel professionals who are looking for business opportunities.

The annual event, held at ExCel Exhibition Centre in the Royal Docks, is among the biggest events in the travel industry, attracting thousands of participants from all over the world including tourism boards, hotels, tour operators, entrepreneurs, airlines and specialist publications.

“The World Travel Market is a very significant venue where international stakeholders composed of different markets and countries come together for an intensive business-to-business exchange with immediate results,” said Ace Durano, Secretary of Tourism. Continue Reading

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Philippine Department of Tourism Assures ‘Business As Usual’ Despite Maguindanao Incident

The Philippine Department of Tourism (PDOT) has assured that the Philippines remains on a business as usual mode, despite the killing of some 46 individuals in the Southern province of Maguindanao.

Despite the alarm caused by the incident, Tourism Secretary Ace Durano assured stakeholders of the tourism industry that the Philippines remains an ideal destination for tourism activities, business meetings and conferences.

The tourism chief made the assurance following the directive of Pres. Gloria Macapagal Arroyo putting the Maguindanao, Sultan Kudarat and Cotabato City under a state of emergency, aimed at speeding up the investigation and arrest of the individuals involved in the incident.

The directive also places authorities including the Philippine National Police and the Armed Forces of the Philippines on full alert to prevent any untoward incidences in said areas. Continue Reading

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Texting, new Davao City website to boost Davao tourism

Using cellphone text marketing, databanking and launching a new Davao website are powerful hi-tech tools that are expected to boost the growth of Davao tourism in the coming years, according to Ms. Eden David, technical director of the Department of Tourism (DOT) regional office here.

“We all know just how important all these things are, to your tourism marketing and promotions efforts–statistics, databanking, market analysis, new website and text marketing.

You can take advantage of all these to boost your efforts here,” Eden, who also heads the tourism industry cluster team, said during a recent meetings with tourism stakeholders here. Continue Reading

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Asia Travel & Dining Guide Names Clearwater Resort as Place to Stay Among Hotels in Angeles Philippines

Asia Travel & Dining Guide selected Clearwater Resort as a hotel of choice for Angeles and Clark Philippines because of several winning factors: (1) safety and security of the venue – practically zero crime rate in the high-security Freeport zone, (2) a laid-back lifestyle that is consistent with what Clark Freeport is all about and (3) venue is true to form for what it is designed to be – a country-style park that supports a leisure but upscale suburban lifestyle.

The large 13ha property is often used for wedding receptions, team-building events, picnics and company outings and all sorts of outdoor and semi-outdoor events. Its proximity to Manila – just 70 minutes along the nice North Expressway – makes it a very popular destination of choice for weekend excursions. Even day trips are possible for Manila dwellers. Continue Reading

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