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Visa-free Privilege to Kazakhstan

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Effective 15th April 2014, nationals of seven additional countries enjoyed a visa-free privilege to enter the Philippines for a period of 30 days.
 
These countries are Belize, Croatia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan.  The privilege aims to promote tourism and investments from these countries, all of which have been emerging as key players in the international economic community and which have growing bilateral ties with the Philippines.
 

Prices of Tablets Cheaper by 31 percent in the Philippines

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Sales of media tables in the Philippines nearly doubled in the first quarter of 2014, as prices dropped by 31 percent from a year ago, according to the retail audit report of media research firm gFk.
 
Filipino consumers bought 130,000 more media tablets in the January-March period, compared to the same period last year.
 

Hong Kong Lifts Travel Ban

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Visitor arrivals from Hong Kong are expected to increase following the resolution of a long-running dispute over a hostage crisis in 2010.

Tourism Secretary Ramon Jimenez said tourist arrivals from Hong Kong have been on the rise even before the black travel alert was lifted.  He noted that Hong Kong is among the country’s top 10 tourist source markets.

“Even before the amber alert, and before the upgrade, it was already growing slightly but of course we didn't want to flaunt it. It will now grow a lot faster,” he said.

It’s More Fun In The Philippines Part 2

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Advertising company BBDO Guerrero has launched the first of a series of advertisements under Phase II of the “It’s More Fun In The Philippines” campaign by the Department of Tourism.
 
While Phase I of the campaign was successful in creating a clear identity for the country and the Filipino people, the second phase now aims to highlight some of the tourist destinations, giving tourists more reasons to experience why it is more fun in the Philippines.
 

56.1 Million Filipino Tourists Expected

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President Benigno Aquino III is keeping the goal of bringing in 10 million foreign tourists to the country by the time his term ends in 2016.  “We remain committed to breaching the 10-million mark by the time my term ends in about two years and one month,” he said in a keynote speech at the UN World Tourism Organization-ASEAN International Conference on Tourism and Climate Change in Albay.
 

How Many Passengers Take Cebu Pacific

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Cebu Air Inc., the operator of budget carrier Cebu Pacific, expects to fly over 17 million passengers this year, according to a report by Manila Standard Today.
 
Cebu Pacific President and CEO Lance Gokongwei said the growth would be driven by both domestic and international operations.  "I think the economy is robust, so we see opportunity for growth across fields," he said.
 

World Tourism Chief Visits the Philippines

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World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) Secretary-General Dr. Taleb Rifai arrived in the Philippines on 19th May 2014 for a series of visits to Bohol, Tacloban and Legazpi to highlight the importance of tourism in economic recovery, according to the Department of Tourism (DoT).
 

Manila Pavilion Hotel joins Earth Hour

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Manila Pavilion Hotel, in support of World Wide Fund for Nature’s (WWF-Philippines) Earth Hour 2014, joined thousands of businesses across the globe by switching off selected lights in the hotel and encouraging in-house guests to turn-off unnecessary lights in their rooms for an hour.
 
United with almost five million people in over 100 countries, Manila Pavilion took a remarkable step in helping mitigate the negative ecological impacts of climate change when it conserved an estimate of 576.98 kilowatt-hours.  
 

Mandarin Hotel at Fort Bonifacio

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The Hong Kong-based parent of the Mandarin Oriental hotel and landlord Ayala Land are in advanced state of negotiations to cut short the luxury hotel's property lease in Makati City, according to reports.
 
In return, Ayala Land will offer Mandarin Oriental a comparable-sized property that is within walking distance from the future Philippine Stock Exchange headquarters in The Fort.
 

Seda Hotel Quezon City to Open

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Property developer Ayala Land Inc. (ALI) is boosting its hotel portfolio in Metro Manila with a PhP2.5-billion Seda Hotel in Quezon City.
 
The new development will cater to the underserved market in Quezon City while contributing to ALI’s goal of hitting 4,000 hotel rooms by 2016.   “We’re planning a Seda Hotel in Quezon City. We think that is an unserved market,” said Mr. Jose Emmanuel H. Jalandoni, Vice-President and group head of Ayala Hotels and Resorts.