Cherry, a 22-year-old graduate of Mass Communication from a Manila-based university, ended up working at a health club that is actually a high-class brothel in Quezon City. Unable to get a job for which she was qualified, she had dabbled in low-paying jobs to help support her family before finding her way to Quezon Avenue. Her desperation eventually led her to become a sex worker earning as much as P5,000 a night.
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.
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 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.
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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 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...
AirAsia has revived flights from the Clark International Airport to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. The carrier said in a statement the new service, using the Malaysian carrier’s flagship AirAsia Berhad, would fly four times...
Microtel announced that its 13th and latest hotel property, Microtel by Wyndham UP Technohub, will have its grand opening in October 2014. Microtel by Wyndham UP Technohub is located at the booming IT...
A vacation hotel that offers membership shares in Boracay is set to change the way Filipinos enjoy the country’s most sought-after destinations when it opens in 2014.