Cebu Pacific has launched direct flights between Manila and Phuket, Thailand, according to a report by ABS-CBN. Phuket, Thailand's biggest island, is the airline's 21st international destination and its second in Thailand after Bangkok.
Costa Cruises, Italy’s largest cruise group, has made the Philippines one of its stops in its Asian packages. Tourism Secretary Ace Durano said cruise companies venturing to the Philippines open up more possibilities for tourism. The firm’s three ships, Costa Allegra, Costa Classica and Costa Romantica, have started regular visits to Manila.
Hotel chain operator Tune Hotels opened its first hotel in Manila and its third in the Philippines. Located in Central Manila, Tune Hotel Ermita offers 167 rooms comprising 117 double, 48 twin sharing and 2 wheelchair-friendly rooms.
Philippine Airlines (PAL) plans to charge passengers a fee for reserving a seat of their choice. The airline said passengers booked in economy class can now reserve a seat located next to the aircraft’s bulkhead or along the emergency exit row, which offers wider legroom and extra space, for a fee.
Spirit of Manila Airlines, the country’s newest carrier, is now operating thrice weekly to Taipei, according to a report by Philippine Star. Spirit of Manila, the first Philippine airline to fly to Taipei out of Clark, said its timely expansion of more direct flights would have a positive impact in the China-Taiwan market, and would provide better service to passengers from Central and Northern Luzon.