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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).

RP ranked as 87th in tourism


The World Economic Forum (WEF) has ranked the Philippines as 87th among 124 countries in the first ever Travel and Tourism Competitiveness Index. Out of the possible perfect score of 7.0, it received 3.8.

Foreign students in the Philippines

The Philippines is becoming a major destination for Asian students.  The Bureau of Immigration reported that Korean students who received special study permits (SSPs) totaled 26,823 in 2010.  Foreign students who wish to take up elementary, high school and special courses in a Philippine school need to apply for a special study permit or SSP.

The SSP is different from the student visa or so-called 9[F] visa, which is issued to a foreigner taking up tertiary education in a Philippine college or university.

Ad Congress in CamSur

Camarines Sur (CamSur) has won the right to host the 22nd Philippine Advertising Congress (PAC), which is expected to draw the participation of 3,000 delegates.  This is the first time the ad congress will be held at the CamSur Watersports Complex (CWC) in Naga City.

More Fun in the Philippines

The Department of Tourism (DOT) has launched a new brand campaign in a bid to attract more foreign visitors to the Philippines.  The new campaign with the line “It’s more fun in the Philippines” focuses on the country’s core strength, which is its people.  “Our strategy is simple: while other countries invite you to observe, Filipinos can promise a more heartfelt and interesting experience. Wherever you go, whatever you do in the country, it’s the Filipinos that will complete your vacation and will make your holiday unforgettable,” said Tourism Secretary Ramon Jimenez Jr.

Cebu Pacific flying to the United States

The US Department of Transportation has granted the application of Cebu Pacific to fly to the United States, after the restoration of the Philippines’ Category 1 air safety status.   Cebu Pacific was previously...

Japan Eases Visa for Filipinos

Japan has started to relax its visa requirements for Filipinos.   The changes to visa requirements, which will also apply to Indonesia and Vietnam, were announced at a meeting for the promotion of Japan...

AIM Center for Tourism

The Asian Institute of Management (AIM) has launched the AIM-Dr. Andrew L. Tan Center for Tourism which aims to promote sustainable tourism development in the country.

The center aims to address current issues on the effectiveness of MICE (Meetings,Incentives, Conferences and Events), the use of technology to enhance tourism promotions, develop better airline policies, and longer-term concerns, including the future of community-based tourism and the impact of climate change on tourism development, said Lim.

Courtyard by Marriott Hotel in Iloilo

Megaworld Corp., one of the major property developers in the Philippines, is building a new hotel called Courtyard by Marriott Hotel at the 72-hectare Iloilo Business Park in Iloilo City.

The 15-story, 314-room hotel will offer first-class accommodation to business and leisure travelers in Western Visayas.  It will be the second hotel to rise in Megaworld’s township development in Iloilo.

The company earlier announced the construction of Richmonde Hotel at Iloilo Business ParkRichmonde Hotel is a 12-story building offering 151 guest rooms.

How Many People Visit Enchanted Kingdom?

Some 1.7 million people visited Enchanted Kingdom (EK), the country’s largest theme park, in 2013.  Enchanted Kingdom Chairman and President Mario Mamon said the number of visitors dropped to 1.7 million last year.  "In...