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Antonio’s Restaurant Tagaytay

Antonio's, a fine dining restaurant in Tagaytay City, has been listed the 5th top restaurant in Asia, according to the latest edition of the Miele Guide, which covers 450 restaurants in 17 countries.

Global air traffic up by 9.5 percent

 International travel showed a strong recovery this year, after a dramatic decline in 2009 at the height of the global financial crisis.  The Geneva-based International Air Transport Association (IATA) said international air traffic passenger demand rose 9.5 percent in February while cargo demand grew 26.5 percent.

Manila, top city destination in Asia

Manila is the 10th most visited city destination in Asia, according to the new index of Global Destination Cities developed by Mastercard.  The study ranked London as the world’s top city destination, which is expected to receive 20.1 million inbound passengers in 2011, topping Paris' 18.1 million.  Bangkok is expected to welcome the third-highest number of visitors, followed by Singapore and Hong Kong.  Asia-Pacific cities account for eight of the top 20 global destinations.

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CNN cites 3 Philippine beaches. Cable News Channel (CNN) has included three Philippine beaches on its list of the best 100 beaches in the world.  The Atlanta-based CNN said Puka Beach in Boracay, El Nido in Palawan, and Palaui Island in Cagayan are among the best destinations for beachgoers around the globe. It listed Palaui at No. 10, the only Southeast Asian beach in the Top 10.

“Glorious white sands meet volcanic rocks and blue-green waters topside, while coral gardens and a rich marine reserve meet divers under the surface. Palaui is all about raw beauty,” CNN said of the island off the northeastern tip of Luzon.

“Treks to get there require battling thorny grass, muddy ground and a mangrove forest…. With no resorts or hotels, Palaui has only two real options: camping under the stars or home stays,” it added.

Tigerair Launches Boracay Transfer

Tigerair Philippines is making it easier for tourists to visit Boracay, as it launched the Tiger Transfer service.

The Tiger Transfer service is offered to its passengers going to Boracay from Kalibo and vice-versa. Guests who purchase the transfer ticket online, onboard the flight or upon check-in, will only pay PhP500 for a one-way transfer to Boracay.

Boracay Among Top 20 Destinations for Chinese Tourists

Boracay Island, the famous resort island in Aklan, Philippines, ranked as the 16th of the top 20 most popular destinations for Chinese travellers in July and August 2013, according to TripAdvisor.
The report said the number of Chinese tourists visiting Boracay increased 360 percent year-on-year in July and August. 
China exceeded the US and Germany to become the world's largest source market for outbound tourism by expenditure in 2012.

World Pyro Olympics

Millions of Filipinos and foreign tourists have witnessed the spectacular fireworks during the 2nd World Pyro Olympics that lit up the sky of the Esplanade area of the Mall of Asia complex in Pasay City. The Philippines and nine competing countries – Australia (defending champion), China, Germany, Korea, Russia, South Africa, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom and the United States – participated in the amazing displays of fireworks on the 5th to the 7th and 12th to 13th of January 2007.

New Tourism Investments

About 28 new tourism projects worth PhP36.3 billion have been endorsed by the Department of Tourism for fiscal incentives from the government.  Once these projects are completed, some 15,567 jobs are expected to be generated.  The bulk of new investments, amounting to PhP 29 billion are in the Tourism Economic Zones. These include the Eagle Entertainment City, Bagong Nayong Pilipino Entertainment City, Embarcadero de Legaspi, Akean Resorts and Ilawod Estate Tourism Economic Zone.

Philippines Visitors

At least 6.3 million international arrivals and over 32 million domestic travellers by 2016 are now the new targets of the Department of Tourism (DOT), according to a report by Philippine Star.  Tourism Secretary Alberto Lim said the government considers tourism as a frontliner and revenue driver in reducing poverty “so we want to make sure that the development of tourism is more sustainable and inclusive.”

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Clark as Asia’s next ‘aerotropolis’. There is increasing urgency to develop Clark International Airport into an aviation hub, according to a report by Philippine Daily Inquirer.

“The Case for Asia’s Next Aerotropolis” is the theme of the Clark Aviation Conference 2013, a trade gathering that will examine Clark’s compelling case as an aerotropolis, an idea in community planning where airports serve as the centre for new cities growing around them.