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Travellers to open two hotels

A hotel company backed by Genting Hong Kong Ltd. will open two new hotels in Metro Manila within the year, including a 172-suite Maxims Hotel for the upscale market and Remington Hotel for the middle class market. Travellers International Hotel Group Inc., a joint venture between Genting and local firm Alliance Global, Inc. said the six-star luxury hotel Maxims will start operations in June or July while budget hotel Remington will follow by the end of the year.

Hotels and resorts in Calabarzon

Calabarzon, or the industrial region of Cavite, Laguna, Batangas, Rizal and Quezon provinces, is experiencing a dramatic increase in new tourism projects.  "There are a lot of properties being built in Calabarzon region," Louella Jurilla, regional director of the Tourism Department for Calabarzon, said during a buyers and sellers business matching session in Intramuros, Manila on July 21, 2009.

Director Jurilla said there are now more than 200 accredited establishments, with a total of 3,000 rooms, in Calabarzon region alone.  "We see this number to further increase by 8 percent this year," she said. In justifying her forecast, she said three large projects are to be constructed in Cavite province, although she said it is premature to disclose the details of those projects.

Clark airport expands

The government has inaugurated the Diosdado Macapagal International Airport (DMIA) Terminal 1 expansion project that increased the passenger capacity of the terminal for the added convenience of travelers using Clark as gateway, according to a report by BusinessMirror.

Laguindingan International Airport

A modern airport is expected to be opened in Mindanao by January 2012.  The Department of Transportation Communication (DOTC) said the Laguindingan Airport in Misamis Oriental province near Cagayan de Oro City will serve as a gateway to the region. “We are fast-tracking the completion of the Laguindingan Airport which will serve as the new gateway to Mindanao,” DOTC Secretary Jose de Jesus was quoted as saying.  

PHL as a friendly country

A global survey conducted by Hong Kong and Shanghai Banking Corp. has ranked the Philippines 8th in the list of the world’s friendliest countries.  The Expat Explorer Survey 2011 was conducted among 3,885 expatriates in 100 countries between May and July 2011 and rated countries based on the preference of expatriates to make them “their second home.”

The Philippines, which is known for hospitality, was the third highest ranked Asia-Pacific country in the survey.  New Zealand and Australia topped the global list, followed by South Africa, Canada, the United States, Turkey, the United Kingdom, the Philippines, Spain, and Malaysia. 

New airport in Cavite

The Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) has endorsed Sangley Airbase in Cavite province as the site of a new international airport that will replace the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA).   Transportation Secretary Joseph...

Mayon eruption attacts tourists

Hotels in Albay province have enjoyed full occupancy as tourists and thrill seekers have flocked to the province to witness the expected eruption of Mayon Volcano.   Albay Governor Jose Clemente Salceda said the...

Cebu Pacific flights to Dammam and Riyadh

Cebu Pacific Air (CEB) will soon launch flights to Dammam and Riyadh, according to the Centre for Pacific Aviation (CAPA).   The plan is part of the carrier’s further expansion of its long-haul network...

Tourists in the Philippines Increase 11.1 Percent

International visitor arrivals grew 11.1 percent year-on-year in the first half of 2013, according to the Department of Tourism (DOT).  Arrivals in the January-June period reached 2.38 million, up from 2.14 million a year ago.

The figure represents 43 percent of the target arrivals for the year.  The tourism industry started the year with high hopes and expectations as arrivals for the months of January to March produced more than 400,000 visitors.  

2014 Hot Air Balloon Festival in Lubao, Pampanga

The Philippine International Balloon Festival 2014 will be held in Lubao, Pampanga on April 10 to 13 2014, according to Mr. Noel Castro, Jr., Chairman of the newly established corporation registered as Pilipinas International...