Category: News

Ice Skating Rink at SM Megamall Opens

SM Megamall Building D opened on January 28, 2014, marking the return of the ice skating rink and the birth of speed skating in the Philippines, the SM Group said. It said such a...

PAL and Cebu Pacific fly to Tokyo

Cebu Pacific Air launched flights to two new destinations in Japan on 30th March 2014. Cebu Pacific became the first Philippine low-cost carrier to operate direct daily flights from Manila to Tokyo (Narita) and...

Hong Kong Lifts Travel Ban

Visitor arrivals from Hong Kong are expected to increase following the resolution of a long-running dispute over a hostage crisis in 2010. Tourism Secretary Ramon Jimenez said tourist arrivals from Hong Kong have been...

New hotel to rise in Cebu

A Korean group, which is constructing a 616-room resort hotel complex in Lapu Lapu City, has unveiled its plan to also construct a retirement village and a golf course in the coastal town of Cordova located at the southeastern tip of Mactan Island, Cebu. Phil BXT Corp., a Korean firm led by Yong Jun Park, will pursue the Retirement Home Enclaves and Golf Community Development on a 100-hectare lot in Cordova.

Beaches remain top destination

A study on the vacation habits of rich Asians shows that pristine beaches and upscale hotels top the list for family vacations, and the Philippines may just be in a position to grab this opportunity, according to a report by Philippine Star.

Arrivals in destinations grows to 15 percent

Visitor arrivals to the country's 14 top destinations grew 14 percent to 8.9 million in 2009, according to the Department of Tourism (DOT).  Cebu remained the top destination, attracting a total of 1.61 million foreign and domestic visitors, up by 1.2 percent from a year ago.  Korea remained the top tourist market for Cebu accounting for 29 percent share of total foreign tourists. 

China was the fastest growing market, with a 70 percent increase in arrivals.

Cebu and Camarines Sur were the top two destinations in 2009.  Others in the top five list are Metro Manila, with tourist volume of 1.4 million; Boracay Island with 649,559; and Bohol with 313,317 visitors.

Spirit of Manila flies to Taipei

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.

Upcoming Hotels and Resorts in the Philippines 1

About PhP30 billion is being invested by the private sector in the tourism sector, strengthening the industry’s claim to be a new engine of growth for the economy, according to a report by BusinessMirror.

While the bulk of the investments is in Metro Manila, there are a rising number of investments in key tourism destinations such as Davao del Sur, Cebu, Zambales, South Cotobato, Benguet, Pampanga and Palawan.

Vigan wants to be a wonder city

Vigan was nominated as one of the 28 semi finalists in the Search for the New 7 Wonder Cities of the World. Vigan in Ilocos Sur province is the only city in the Philippines...