Star rating for tourist spots

For the first time, the Philippines will have its own hotel rating system based on a global standard that will elevate the status of Philippine accommodation facilities.

The Department of Tourism (DOT) said it has assessed over 700 tourism establishments in the past year and is poised to rate them under a new system ranging from one to five stars under the National Accommodation Standards (NAS).

Local tourists spend US$19 billion

Filipinos visiting local tourism sites will spend US$19 billion (PhP855 billion) this year, according to the World Travel and Tourism Council (WTT). 

The amount is close to one-third of the planned government budget for next year.

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.

Seda hotel to open in El Nido

Property developer Ayala Land Inc. has started the construction of a 150-room beachfront Seda resort-hotel at the masterplanned Lio Tourism Estate in El Nido, Palawan. “We are creating the beginnings of a tourist town destination,” Ayala... Read More | Share it now!

Albay to host PATA conference

Albay province has won the international bidding to host the 2015 Adventure Travel and Responsible Tourism Conference and Mart of the Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA) in November 2015. PATA officers announced this development in a related travel... Read More | Share it now!

Retiring in Dumaguete

Dumaguete City has been named by Forbes Magazine as among the best places to retire in the world, according to a report by Gulf News.  The city, located in Negros Oriental province, is number five on the list of the prestigious US-based... Read More | Share it now!

Cebu Pacific apologizes

Cebu Pacific, the largest budget airline, has expressed deep regrets for “operational lapses” that led to massive flight delays and cancellations during the Christmas holidays. “Today six out of ten Filipinos choose to fly with Cebu... Read More | Share it now!

Sangley airport to be built

Officials of the Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC) plan to present to the country’s main economic planning body a proposal to build a US$10-billion international airport in Sangley Point, Cavite, by the third quarter of... Read More | Share it now!

PAL integrates terminal fee

Philippine Airlines (PAL) has started integrating the cost of passenger-terminal fees for international flights as a component of ticket cost on 1st February 2015. PAL said the move is being carried out in compliance with the memorandum of agreement... Read More | Share it now!