Category: News

Philippine Tourism Grows 5.8 percent in January 2014

International visitor arrivals grew 5.8 percent to 461,363 in January 2014 from 436,079 in the same month last year, according to a report by Philippine Star.  Tourism Secretary Ramon Jimenez Jr. said tourism receipts...

New Airport in Manila

San Miguel Corp. plans to present a proposal to the government soon for a new US$10 billion airport in Luzon.   San Miguel Corp. and Philippine Airlines President Ramon Ang said the company is...

56.1 Million Filipino Tourists Expected

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...

Cebu Pacific is now largest domestic airline

Cebu Pacific Air, the budget airline unit of the Gokongwei group, has edged out the Philippine Airlines (PAL) as the largest domestic carrier in the country as of August 2006, following the arrival of its new Airbus 319s and 320s under its refleeting program.

Richmonde Hotel Iloilo

Megaworld Corp. broke ground for the PhP2.5-billion construction of a business complex in Western Visayas, which will include office buildings and a hotel. The Iloilo Business Park will rise on the 54.5-hectare lot in the former site of the old Iloilo airport. The project includes the construction of Richmonde Hotel Iloilo. The 12-storey hotel will have 90 guest rooms.

Domestic air traffic up by 25 percent

The volume of domestic airline passengers rose 25 percent year-on-year in 2009, on the back of strong domestic tourism, according to the Civil Aeronautics Board (CAB).  Data shows that the number of domestic air passengers rose to 14.7 million from 11.8 million in 2008, as airlines increased the number available seats by a fourth to 18.96 million from 15.13 million.

Tourism target

Six million international visitor arrivals by 2016 is now the goal of the Department of Tourism (DOT) under the leadership of Secretary Albert Lim.  “That is our fighting target,” Secretary Lim said in the recently held Philippine economic briefing.

Baguio attractions

Some 2.5 million foreign and domestic tourists joined the month-long activities of the 17th Panagbenga or the Baguio flower festival, according to Ms. Purificacion Molintas, regional director of the Cordillera office of the Department of Tourism.

Two new hotels opened in the city while two others expanded their facilities to serve the increasing number of visitors in the country’s summer capital.

Upcoming Hotels and Resorts in the Philippines 2

Boracay, Cebu to open new hotel rooms. Luxury destinations Boracay, Cebu and Palawan are adding thousands of new hotel rooms this year, according to a report by Manila Standard Today.

Real estate advisory firm CBRE Philippines said the 27 upcoming hotels in Boracay alone would add 2,655 hotel rooms.   It said with the rise of Aqua Boracay, the last single big development project on the resort island, only 168.5 hectares of disposable and alienable land were left for future developments.

Bird park in Subic

JEST Camp in Subic Bay opened the Magaul Bird Park, the first bird park in Luzon.   JEST Camp General Manager Katrina Lacap said Magaul Bird Park aims to be recognized globally.   She...