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Tourism investments surge in the Philippines

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.

Beauty and healthcare industry in the Philippines thrives

The beauty and healthcare industry in the Philippines bucks the global economic downturn and thrives on the back of increased foreign visitor arrivals and expanding middle class spawned by the growing business process outsourcing industry.

"Contrary to expectations, three things thrive during crisis, namely: food, alcohol, and aesthetics," said Dr. Dr. Yanee V. Santos, founder of Aesthetic Science Clinic, a specialized clinic in the field of cosmetic dermatology and plastic surgery located in Alabang, Muntinlupa.

Tourism recovers in the Philippines

Visitor arrivals in major destinations in the Philippines rose 5.37 percent year-on-year to 3.65 million in the first five months of 2010, according to the Department of Tourism (DOT), citing data from regional offices and local tourism offices.

All Nippon Airways flies to Manila

Japan’s leading carrier All Nippon Airways (ANA) had its inaugural flight from Narita to Manila on 27th February 2011. Among its passengers were senior officials of the Japan Association of Travel Agents (JATA).

More Fun in the Philippines

International visitor arrivals in the Philippines rose 12 percent year-on-year in the first 10 months of 2011, according to the Department of Tourism (DOT).  Data show that arrivals during the 10-month period reached 3.186 million, up from 2.846 million arrivals recorded a year ago.  The month of July produced the biggest arrivals with 360,784 while the month of February posted the highest growth at 18.52 percent.  

Tourism Secretary Ramon Jimenez cited the consistent month-on-month growth throughout the period, on the back of the strong performance of the country’s short-haul and new tourist markets. The growth was attributed to the strong performance of our short-haul markets including Korea (with 27.85 percent growth rate), Taiwan (26.21 percent) and China (25.97 percent); and our new markets such as India (61.49 percent), Russia (35.13 percent) and Saudi Arabia (28.69 percent).

More flights between the Philippines and Canada

More flights are expected to be launched soon between the Philippines and Canada, after the two countries adopted a new air services agreement.   Civil Aeronautics Board (CAB) Executive Director Carmello Arcilla said the...

Philippines wins tourism award

The Philippines was awarded the Destination of the Year at the 25th Annual TTG Travel Awards 2014, just a few months before the Department of Tourism (DOT) sets about raising the country’s international profile...

Eight New Tourism Zones

The House of Representatives has identified eight sites across the country as new tourist zones. The chamber, during a plenary session held on 26th August 2014, voted to approve on third and final reading...

Retiring in Dumaguete

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...

More Philippines Hotels to Add 12,900 New Rooms

A total of 12,900 new hotel rooms will open over the next three years as property developers aggressively invest in the hotel and leisure sector to serve foreign tourists who are expected to reach...