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Tune Hotel Ortigas opens

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nternationally owned and operated hotel brand Tune Hotels announced the opening of the 182-room Tune Hotel Ortigas.  Located in the heart of Ortigas’ central business district on Shaw Boulevard, the property is the eighth Tune Hotel to open in the Philippines in the last two years after Angeles City, Ermita, Makati, Cebu, Davao, Cagayan de Oro and Quezon City.

Red Planet Hotels, which operates Tune Hotels, said two more hotels will open in the Philippines in 2014, further strengthening the company’s confidence and commitment to the local tourism industry.

KidZania Manila set to open in 2015

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Interactive children’s city theme park KidZania expects to host more than 600,000 visitors annually once it opens at Bonifacio Global City early next year.

Combining education and entertainment, Play Innovations President and CEO Maricel Pangilinan-Arenas said the PhP1-billion interactive kid-sized city will cater to youngsters, from age 4 to 14, with over 100 role-playing activities in various establishments set up within its two-level area.

Ivy Wall Hotel to Open in Puerto Princesa

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Data Land Inc. is building the first boutique hotel in Puerto Princesa, Palawan.

The 120-room Ivy Wall will be constructed by one of the Philippines’ top contractors, and also a sister-company of Data Land, DDT Konstract, Inc.

“The Ivy Wall will add a new energy to Puerto Princesa as the city is booming with business and leisure travellers looking for quality affordable hotels,” said Data Land Assistant Vice President Paul R. Chua.

Azumi Boutique Hotel Opens in Alabang

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Azumi Boutique Hotel has recently opened in Alabang, Muntinlupa City.

Azumi has 187 rooms, each characterised by use of earth tones with a distinct pop of orange and wood laminate floors.   The roof deck is a sensory escape with its 360-degree view of the Alabang skyline.

Las Farolas Attracts 200,000 Visitors

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Nearly 200,000 visitors in the last 11 months visited Las Farolas, the newest tourist and educational destination in Pasig City.

Students from both private and public educational institutions in the National Capital Region and the provinces along with local and foreign tourists make up the crowd along with employees from the government and private sectors.

Balloon Festival to be Held in Lubao Pampanga

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A world-class theme park and wakeboard facility site are now under construction on a 250-hectare property in the village of Prado Siongco in Lubao, Pampanga, where the balloon festival will be held for four days on 10th to 13th April 2014.

The annual event was previously held at the Clark Freeport in Pampanga. It was first staged in 1994 to spark economic activities and lift the morale of local residents affected by the series of eruptions of Mount Pinatubo beginning 1991.
 
 

Survivor Cagayan Boosts Tourism

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Popular American reality TV series Survivor, which was filmed on the idyllic Palaui Island in Cagayan province, began airing its new season, “Brawn vs. Brains vs. Beauty” on 27th February 2014.
Filipino film producers who joined the production said USA Survivor’s 27th and 28th seasons were filmed at Palaui Island, showcasing the sustainable tourism initiative of Cagayan Economic Zone Authority in Sta. Ana, Cagayan.
 

Panagbenga Festival Earns PhP15 Billion

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Panagbenga, Baguio City’s flower festival, proved to be the country’s most lucrative, tourist attraction.

After being able to usher in at least 4 million visitors, the government-backed, community-led festival which was also shown worldwide through live streaming, could be worth at least PhP15 billion, organisers said.

Albay Province to Hosts APEC Events

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People of Albay province consider as another economic milestone their having easily hurdled  last week’s hosting assessment for the forthcoming Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) forum events by the national organising council.

How Many Tourists Visit Cebu and Bohol

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Some 3.3 million foreign and domestic tourists visited Central Visayas in 2013, despite the 7.2-magnitude earthquake that struck Bohol and Cebu provinces on 15th October and typhoon Yolanda (international code name Haiyan) that devastated Eastern Visayas on 8th November 2013.

The figure represents a 12.45-percent increase from the 2.9 million visitors recorded in 2012 and surpassed the original target of 3.03 million tourists for 2013.