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More Tourists to visit Davao City this August for Kadayawan Festival 2014

The city government of Davao is expecting an increase of visitors for the month of August when people from nearby and outside the region flock to this city for the Kadayawan Festival.

kdayawan 2014City Tourism Officer Lisette Marquez said they expect 14 percent increase in visitor arrival this month with 180,000 guests compared to last year’s record of 150,000 visitors.

Aside from the festival, Marquez said the city is also host to several national conventions this month. In fact, the city is already seeing a rise in the number of people coming in.

“Several of our hotels are experiencing high occupancy rate during this period,” Marquez said after guesting at the Kapehan sa Dabaw at SM Annex.

Benjie Banzon, general manager of The Royal Mandaya Hotel said the hotel industry is doing good with either high occupancy rate or fully booked status. He said August is among the months of the year when visitors come in time for the Kadayawan festival.

He also attributed this to the efforts extended by the Department of Tourism in promoting the city’s destinations and its corresponding “a must visit” events. Continue Reading

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Australia’s Top Festivals!

Australia is one of the most beautiful places in the world, and millions of tourists travel down under to make the most of the beautiful weather, excellent food and fantastic culture. One thing the Australians aren’t well known for however, are their music festivals, but actually they hold some of the best on the planet. Search for international flights on, and get the best deals on airfares to these top festivals!

V Festival AustraliaHomebake

Over the years, the Homebake festival has become one of the most quintessential and hyped-up events in the music calendar, and it’s easy to see why. This festival likes to keep things Australian, and although it may not boast the world’s best line-up, Homebake certainly champions the feel-good atmosphere. Held each December in Sydney, the tickets are usually snapped up within minutes of release (just 10 minutes last year!), so if you’ve got a spare $90 or so, make sure you get down to Homebake.

V Festival

Dubbed the ‘people’s festival’, Sir Richard Branson made sure he carried on the success of the UK V Festival by taking it all the way around the world to Sydney, Australia. Now in its second year, the festival has seen some of the biggest names in music pass through, including The Killers, Queens of the Stone Age, Snow Patrol and Groove Armada. Not only have these artists given V Festival its own niche among the other huge festivals, but at $140 its one of the best values for money, too. 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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2010 Florida Scallop & Music Festival Rolls into Port St. Joe on August 6, 2010

A long-standing Florida tradition returns for the 14th year this August. In a celebration of the Gulf region and Florida’s “Forgotten Coast,” the Gulf County Chamber of Commerce hosts the Florida Scallop & Music Festival, formerly known as the St. Joseph Bay Scallop Festival, which brings arts and crafts, music, and the ocean’s bounty to the Waterfront at Shipyard Cove on Friday, Aug. 6 through Sunday, Aug. 8.

A weekend of fun with attractions from local businesses, such as some free bingo, and regional food at an inexpensive price gives the Southeast an easy way to experience the best of the Port St. Joe area while supporting the economy and culture of Florida’s Gulf area.

The kickoff on Friday features an all-day merchant sidewalk sale, where local vendors and artists will showcase their best, and will include a Patron Dinner featuring James Beard Award-winning Chef Louis Osteen, of Watermark, Miro District, and the soon to open The Blind Pig No. 55, all in Nashville; James Beard Award-winning Chef Martha Foose, author of Screen Doors and Sweet Tea; Chef Todd Richards of Rolling Bones Premium Pit BBQ in Atlanta; and Chef Jason Alley of Comfort Restaurant in Richmond, Va. General festivities begin on Saturday with the traditional opening ceremony.

A variety of vendors will serve scallops to festival-goers and other vendors will also be serving refreshing snacks and meals. While feasting on the festival’s namesake, guests can also peruse the merchandise of many artists and craft vendors throughout the day, and enjoy live music from Amanda Shaw, Bo Spring Band, Eric Lindell, The Tams and Treme Brass Band. The fun continues on Sunday with the returning vendors and activities. Scallops and snacks will be served by various vendors until Sunday evening.

The Florida Scallop Festival promises fun for the whole family. Admission for children ages 10 and younger is free, as is for those 65 years and older and military personnel with valid I.D. General admission to the festival is $5.00 per person on Saturday, and $5.00 per person on Sunday.

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2010 Florida Scallop & Music Festival

The 2010 Florida Scallop & Music Festival is taking place August 6 – 8, 2010. The festival, once named The St. Joseph Bay Scallop Festival, is in its 14th year. Recreational-harvested scallops are enjoyed and celebrated during this event featuring live music, arts and more. The Florida Scallop & Music Festival is held in downtown Port St. Joe on Florida’s beautiful “Forgotten Coast” in Gulf County. The area is located in Florida’s Northwestern Panhandle, approximately 35 miles southeast of Panama City. For more information, please visit

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Sun, Sea And Smooth Grooves At The Tobago Jazz Festival – With Tropical Sky

Taking place from 22 – 25 April 2010, the Tobago Jazz Festival promises an unforgettable medley of jazz, local beats and world rhythms.

Notable for its relaxed atmosphere, music-goers can delight in a wide range of foods, local art, craft and theatrics whilst submerging in to the culture that defines this idyllic Carib isle.

The thrilling line-up this year includes Grammy award-winning R&B divas Chaka Khan and Erykah Badu amongst others.

Tobago Jazz Festival 2010

With events taking place throughout the four-day festival in a variety of locations around the island, visitors can experience the entire island along with outstanding musical performances. Continue Reading

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Hanoi Open Kite festival prepares to take off in October

The Hanoi Open Kite Festival taking place this October will just be a taste of what’s to come, as the International Kite Festival in 2010 hopes to draw 30 countries to the capital city’s skyline.

The national festival will be a good trial for the International Kite Festival, according to organiser Ngo Hong Tien. The capital’s skyline will be brightened by various colours and designs of kites as the first International Kite Festival takes place to celebrate the 1,000th birthday of Thang Long, the ancient name of the country’s capital.

Festivities will take place in three of Hanoi’s localities: My Dinh Square, Hong (Red) River’s floating land and Hoan Kiem Lake.

Enthusiasts will be able to head to My Dinh Square and Hoan Kiem Lake to watch the traditional and creatively designed kites take flight. The ideal locations will provide craftsmen plenty of opportunities to show off their designs while audiences can revel in watching the artistic beauties flutter in the sky.

International kite clubs will show their skills in flying uniquely designed two or four-string kites, said Tien, from the Hanoi Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism. Continue Reading

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Placido Domingo and Diana Krall joins Jordan festival

International opera stars Placido Domingo and Julia Migenes, and jazz singer Diana Krall will be the highlights of a star-studded summer in Jordan.

The Jordan Tourism Board has announced the details of a spectacular line-up of international, Arab, and Jordanian stars who will take part in the Jordan Festival to take place between July 8th and August 9th in Amman, Jerash, the Dead Sea and Petra.

This will be the first time for the world-renowned Spanish tenor Placido Domingo and the American soprano opera singer Julia Migenes to perform in Jordan. It will also be the first time for Canadian Jazz vocalist and pianist Diana Krall. Domingo will perform against the backdrop of one of the most impressive and best preserved Greco-Roman theaters in the world in the city of Jerash, 40 kilometers north of the capital Amman. Krall will perform at the Amman Citadel, an equally impressive Greco-Roman site. Continue Reading

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Thailand Puts its Best Foot Forward at Tourism Festival

Thailand’s largest travel and tourism showcase event, the Thailand Tourism Festival 2008 (TTF) opened last night at the IMPACT Exhibition Centre, Muang Thong Thani in Nonthaburi province.

The festival held in conjunction with Thailand Travel Mart + 2008, will be held from the 5- 8 June.

The event which was organised by the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) focuses on the promotion of domestic travel in Thailand to lay the foundation for further promotion in the international market.

The festival aims to create awareness in the protection of the environment and tourist attractions as national tourism heritage, to instil the preservation of Thai traditions and culture and distribute economic growth to all regions of the country. Continue Reading

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Scotland Calendar of Festivals 2008

Cultural and music festivals take place throughout Scotland during the summer months. They attract a global audience, and the city of Edinburgh even doubles its population in size during the month of August when the Edinburgh Festivals are in town.

Edinburgh International Film Festival: 19-28 June 2008

The Edinburgh International Film Festival features the best in international and British film making. A diverse programme includes everything from red carpet premiers to small low budget short films. Day and evening events.
Programme available online from 7 May 2008. Booking online from: 9 May 2008. Continue Reading

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China Airlines and Mandarin Airlines to Launch Dragon Boat Festival Charter Flights to Shanghai

China Airlines and its subsidiary Mandarin Airlines are to launch Dragon Boat Festival charter flights directly to Shanghai, from June 3 to 15. A total of four round-trip charter flights from Taipei to Shanghai have been arranged, and Boeing 737-800 and Airbus A330 aircraft will be used for the charters, which will provide a two-class service.

A 5% discount on ticket fares is available for passengers using web-ATM payment on Passengers may also make their reservations through designated travel agencies. With the required mileage, or an additional payment, Dynasty Flyer members can upgrade their seats or redeem a free ticket on the charter flights, and Dynasty Flyer members can also accumulate mileage on the charter flights. However, the Dynasty Flyer member upgrades and redemptions will not be open for online service.

Passengers on China Airlines and Mandarin Airlines can use their tickets interchangeably on both airlines, and can combine scheduled flights with the charter flights. Passengers with scheduled flight tickets can switch those tickets to charter flights without an administration charge, and need only pay the price difference if needed. Passengers can also join China Airlines Dynasty Packages to Shanghai.

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New Zealand International Arts Festival in Wellington wraps up for 2008 and prepares for 2010

The curtain may have just fallen on the 2008 New Zealand International Arts Festival in Wellington – but planning is underway for the next extravaganza in 2010.

More than 800 artists from 35 countries performed in 365 shows at this year’s event, the first coordinated by new Artistic Director, Lissa Twomey, a former Associate Director of the Sydney Festival.

Ms Twomey said she was delighted by the audience response to her first New Zealand festival and how passionately people engaged in the 2008 programme – one of the largest international arts festivals ever staged in New Zealand. Many shows were sold out.

“The festival’s success has been reflected in box office takings of more than over $5 million,” Ms Twomey said. “As well, audiences have embraced the initiatives incorporated in the programme, which addressed today’s themes of human rights, globalisation and environmental concerns with creative flair and compelling theatre.”

Sarah Peacock, Australia Marketing Manager for Positively Wellington Tourism, said the New Zealand international Arts Festival provided a unique attraction in the city, and generated significantly more income through visitor accommodation and spending. Continue Reading

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