With the recent resurgence of Philippine tourism, Claris, 19, has been getting big tips lately. Working as a sex worker in a poor country, which tries to rediscover tourism as a growth driver of the economy, Claris uses her pretty face and charm to entertain foreign tourists searching for a wonderful experience in the island paradise. She works in a place where paid sex is P2,500 an hour.
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...
Healthcare industry players are bonding together to promote the Philippines as a major medical tourism and retirement destination by 2015. This is forecast to grow, with US$3 billion in revenues, servicing over a million retirees over the next five years. At present, there are only 21,000 foreigners staying in the country, representing 5 percent of patients in major Metro Manila hospitals, according to a report by BusinessWorld.
Southeast Asian Airlines (Seair) is boosting its operations in the growing markets of Batanes, Boracay, and Romblon by adding three 32-seater Dornier 328s to its fleet beginning August 2010, according to a report by Philippine Star. Featuring the latest German technology, the Dornier 328 is the fastest and most advanced jet-prop in the region.
Philippine Airlines (PAL) expects its passenger volume to grow by more than a tenth this year as it aims for uninterrupted operations. “We are looking at 10 to 12 percent growth. The load factor of the flights is expected to improve," said PAL president Jaime B. Bautista.
Mr. Bautista refused to comment on ongoing talks between San Miguel Corp. and PAL majority shareholder Lucio Tan for a takeover deal.
PAL Holdings Inc., operator of PAL, posted PhP3.628 billion in nine-month losses, a reversal from PhP3.236 billion total comprehensive income recorded a year ago.
New Holiday Inn opens in Makati
Holiday Inn & Suites Makati (HISM) targets business executives as its clients, according to a report by Philippine Star.
“International business travellers make up the bulk of Holiday Inn & Suites Makati’s pre-opening sales,” said Ms. Maricor Aquino, director of sales and marketing of Holiday Inn & Suites Makati. She said 90 percent of the reservations were done via the hotel’s online portal.
Flying Trapeze Philippines is scheduled to open at the Bonifacio Global City in Taguig City in July 2014. The trapeze school is located on 34th Street corner 9th Avenue and is the considered...
Integrated resort and gaming developer Travellers International Hotel Group expects to open two new luxury hotels—355-room Hilton and 390-room Sheraton—at Resorts World Manila (RWM) in Newport City by the fourth quarter of 2017. ...
A study by the World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC) has included the Philippines as among the 10 destinations where tourism saw big leaps in 2012.
Experts say there’s plenty to extol about the Southeast Asian island nation: “The people are friendly, the food is great — it’s one of those places that hasn’t been overrun with tourists,” the report said.
Tourism Secretary Ramon R. Jimenez Jr. believes the Philippines can attract 5.7 million visitors in 2014. Revenues from domestic tourism are also expected to hit PhP1.4 trillion in 2014, higher by PhP110.6 billion compared...