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Intramuros wins heritage award

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The Intramuros Administration is the 2015 recipient of the Heritage Award granted by the Association of Heritage Cities of Spain for its efforts in protecting Spanish colonial architecture in Manila.

The group said it recognises the important work being undertaken by the Philippine institution in recovering Philippine cultural heritage.

Parañaque wants to be known as Bay City

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Parañaque City aims to be the country’s top tourist and entertainment destination with the rise of numerous world-class hotel resorts and leisure facilities in the area.

Mayor Edwin Olivarez said Parañaque will now be called “Bay City,” a new label that aims to transform the city into a tourist-friendly place.

Terminal 4 hosts domestic flights

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Airport authorities have made the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) Terminal 4 an all-domestic terminal, completing on the transfer of international and jetliner flights to the bigger terminal Terminal 3.

Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA) General Manager Jose Angel Honrado said the reactivation of the secondary runway 13/31 facilitated the relocation of Air Asia Zest international flights as well as 24 Cebu Pacific Air-Tiger (CEB-Go) Airways flights to NAIA Terminal 3.

Star rating for tourist spots

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For the first time, the Philippines will have its own hotel rating system based on a global standard that will elevate the status of Philippine accommodation facilities.

The Department of Tourism (DOT) said it has assessed over 700 tourism establishments in the past year and is poised to rate them under a new system ranging from one to five stars under the National Accommodation Standards (NAS).

Local tourists spend US$19 billion

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Filipinos visiting local tourism sites will spend US$19 billion (PhP855 billion) this year, according to the World Travel and Tourism Council (WTT). 

The amount is close to one-third of the planned government budget for next year.

Beaches remain top destination

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A study on the vacation habits of rich Asians shows that pristine beaches and upscale hotels top the list for family vacations, and the Philippines may just be in a position to grab this opportunity, according to a report by Philippine Star.

Seda hotel to open in El Nido

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Property developer Ayala Land Inc. has started the construction of a 150-room beachfront Seda resort-hotel at the masterplanned Lio Tourism Estate in El Nido, Palawan.

“We are creating the beginnings of a tourist town destination,” Ayala Land Senior Vice President Jose Emmanuel Jalandoni said.

The 150-room Seda Lio beachfront resort is expected to be completed in 2017.  The Seda Lio will provide more options for tourists to El Nido, where there are mostly luxury resorts and bed-and-breakfast types.

Albay to host PATA conference

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Albay province has won the international bidding to host the 2015 Adventure Travel and Responsible Tourism Conference and Mart of the Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA) in November 2015.

PATA officers announced this development in a related travel mart conference in Thimpu, Bhutan.

Albay Governor Joey Salceda said his province won the hosting over other giant bidders, another gainful global tourism event seen to bring more economic benefits and further boost Albay’s reputation as a leading Philippine travel and tourism growth area.

Retiring in Dumaguete

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Dumaguete City has been named by Forbes Magazine as among the best places to retire in the world, according to a report by Gulf News.  The city, located in Negros Oriental province, is number five on the list of the prestigious US-based publication.  Forbes described Dumaguete City as ideal for retirees who want more for their money. “Here you’ll find one of the best places for beachfront living on a budget. Dumaguete is among the cheapest places in the world to live,” it said, citing a listing by the Retire Overseas Index.

Cebu Pacific apologizes

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Cebu Pacific, the largest budget airline, has expressed deep regrets for “operational lapses” that led to massive flight delays and cancellations during the Christmas holidays.

“Today six out of ten Filipinos choose to fly with Cebu Pacific when they travel within the Philippines… Last Christmas, we let them down, and I am profoundly sorry that we failed them,” Cebu Pacific President and CEO Lance Y. Gokongwei said before the House Committee on Transportation chaired by Catanduanes Rep. Cesar V. Sarmiento.