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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.

Sangley airport to be built

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Officials of the Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC) plan to present to the country’s main economic planning body a proposal to build a US$10-billion international airport in Sangley Point, Cavite, by the third quarter of 2015.

The new air gateway, which the government said could be finished by 2025, aims to replace Manila’s Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA), which has limited expansion options and suffering from heavy congestion.

PAL integrates terminal fee

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Philippine Airlines (PAL) has started integrating the cost of passenger-terminal fees for international flights as a component of ticket cost on 1st February 2015.

PAL said the move is being carried out in compliance with the memorandum of agreement (MOA) signed between the Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA) and airline companies operating in the country.

6,000 hotel rooms to open in the Philippines

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More hotels are expected to be introduced in 2015, with close to 6,000 rooms slated for completion, according to property research firm Colliers.

A significant number of hotels slated to open in 2015 are in key business districts in Metro Manila, thereby addressing the need not only for leisure travellers in Entertainment City but also for business travellers, it said.

Philippines is a retirement destination

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Forbes magazine has named the Philippines among the 20 best foreign retirement havens in 2015.  "For U.S. retirees, the principal appeal of the Philippines is a low cost of living in a tropical environment full of English speakers and outdoor beauty," Forbes said.  Among the popular locations for American retirees are Tagaytay and Subic.

"Popular locations include Tagaytay, a suburb of Manila, the capital, that is elevated and therefore cooler, and Subic Bay, with an infrastructure from the old US Navy base," it said.

4.8 million foreign tourists visited the Philippines in 2014

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More foreign tourists visited the Philippines in 2014 but their number was still below the government’s 5 million foreign arrivals target for the year.

Data released by the Department of Tourism show that inbound visitors reached 4.833 million in 2014 or 3.25 percent higher than 4.681 million arrivals in 2013.  This year, the government expects 6 million arrivals and in 2016, 10 million.

The month of December delivered the most number of arrivals at 487,654 or 7.73 percent more than in the same period in 2013.  

Pangaea, Chaos night clubs Manila

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Macau-based casino giant Melco Crown Entertainment Ltd. will bring in global entertainment brands to its planned integrated resort complex in the Philippines. The company recently added internationally acclaimed nightclub brands of The Ault Group to its growing list of world-renowned partners.