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Tourists keep coming despite February coup

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International visitor arrivals to the country grew by 11.5 percent year-on-year in February 2006, despite the botched coup attempt against the Arroyo administration that forced several foreign embassies to issue negative advisories on Philippine travel.

Hotels’ occupancy rates up in January 2006

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Deluxe hotels in Metro Manila have reported higher occupancy rates in January 2006. According to the Department of Tourism, the average occupancy rate of the 18 deluxe hotels in the region improved to a record high of 78.90 percent in January 2006 from 74.49 percent a year ago.

Tourist arrivals up 22 percent in January

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After growing 14 percent to around 2.6 million in 2005, international visitor arrivals to the Philippines surged 22.1 percent year-on-year in January, buoyed by the staging of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations Tourism Forum in Davao City.

Tourism investments surge in the Philippines

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New tourism projects endorsed by the Department of Tourism to the Board of Investments (BoI) soared 827 percent year-on-year in 2005, as local and foreign investors pledged more money for the development of hotels, resorts, tourism estates and other related establishments.

Sex industry throbs with tourism growth

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With the recent resurgence of Philippine tourism, Claris, 19, has been getting big tips lately. Working as a sex worker in a poor country, which tries to rediscover tourism as a growth driver of the economy, Claris uses her pretty face and charm to entertain foreign tourists searching for a wonderful experience in the island paradise. She works in a place where paid sex is P2,500 an hour.

European tourists back in the Philippines

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European tourists back in the PhilippinesEuropean tourists are coming back in the Philippines in a deep way, thanks to the country's rich marine resources that are being promoted as the world's best sites for scuba diving.

College graduates in search of jobs

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Cherry, a 22-year-old graduate of Mass Communication from a Manila-based university, ended up working at a health club that is actually a high-class brothel in Quezon City. Unable to get a job for which she was qualified, she had dabbled in low-paying jobs to help support her family before finding her way to Quezon Avenue. Her desperation eventually led her to become a sex worker earning as much as P5,000 a night.