Category: News

Keeping the seaweed industry afloat

AFTER sailing past troubled waters during the Asian financial crunch, Shemberg Marketing Corp. sees bright prospects in the years ahead with the improving prices of seaweed and carrageenan in the world market.

Benson U. Dakay, Shemberg's chief executive officer, is hopeful that the company's first year under an eight-year rehabilitation process in 2003, would start the resurgence of the local seaweed industry, to the benefit of thousands of farmers in southern Philippines.

Alberto Lim as DOT Secretary New tourism secretary

Makati Business Club (MBC) executive director Alberto Lim has been appointed as the new secretary of the Department of Tourism (DOT), in place of Joseph Ace Durano.  Secretary Lim will have the chance to manage a more vibrant tourism industry and a stronger DOT organisation, following the enactment of the Tourism Act of 2009.

Balisin Island Resort

Alphaland Corp. is spending at least PhP16 billion until 2014 on various real estate projects, including the 34-hectare Bay City project to be located near SM Mall of Asia.  Reports said the Bay City project, which will have a marina/yacht club, will cost at least PhP2.5 billion.  Of the projected cost, around PhP1 billion will be for the breakwater and about PhP300 million for an old cruise ship that will be converted into a clubhouse. 

Profile of Filipino tourists

A survey by the National Statistics Office (NSO) found that about 23.1 million Filipinos who are 15 years old and above have travelled to another place within the country from April to September 2010.  These domestic travellers represent 36.6 percent of the estimated 63.2 million Filipinos who are 15 years old and over, according to the 2010 Household Survey on Domestic Visitors.

The number of female travellers were almost same as those of male travellers.  The majority of domestic travellers (53.0 percent) were in the ages 15 to 34 years, of which, 29.3 percent were in the age group 15 to 24 and 23.7 percent were in the age group 25 to 34.

Flights to Israel soon

Israel and the Philippines have sealed a new air services agreement to boost the movement of tourists between Manila and Tel Aviv.   Transportation Secretary Joseph Emilio Abaya and Israel Ambassador Menashe Bar signed...

Top expat destinations

The Philippines is one of the top 10 countries most favoured by expats.   The Philippines ranked 8th of 61 countries evaluated based on the 2014 survey report of Expat Insider, run by InterNations,...

Mount Hamiguitan is new UNESCO heritage site

The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) and local government officials of Davao Oriental are preparing for the expected influx of local and foreign tourists to the Mount Hamiguitan Range Wildlife Sanctuary (MHRWS),...

TigerAir Offers Manila to Phuket Flights

TigerAir, Asia-Pacific’s leading value-for-money airline is now offering Manila-Phuket at Php3,499 roundtrip ticket, all in.  This special inaugural fare may be purchased today until August 4 only.  Travel date for tickets sold is September 3 and 7.

New Immigration Cards at NAIA

The Bureau of immigration has started issuing new embarkation and disembarkation cards for  passengers on all international airports in the Philippines in March 2014. The new cards are funded by the government free of...

Visitor Arrivals Increase 11 Percent

International visitor arrivals increased 11.2 percent to 3.867 million in the first 10 months of 2013 from 3.478 million a year ago, according to a report by Philippine Daily Inquirer. Visitors from South Korea,...