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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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Filipino Brands are Going Global

A number of Filipino brands are going global, thanks to franchising scheme that enables them to penetrate foreign markets, according to an industry group.
 
The Association of Filipino Franchisers Inc. (AFFI) said 12 local brands have gone global, led by Potato Corner which now has the most number of franchises abroad with 54 stores. AFFI has 112 members comprised of micro, small and medium enterprises.

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.

Costa Cruises make RP stops

Costa Cruises, Italy’s largest cruise group, has made the Philippines one of its stops in its Asian packages.  Tourism Secretary Ace Durano said cruise companies venturing to the Philippines open up more possibilities for tourism.  The firm’s three ships, Costa Allegra, Costa Classica and Costa Romantica, have started regular visits to Manila.

Student Visa in the Philippines

The Philippines Bureau of Immigration has asked foreign students who plan to study in the Philippines to secure required documents such as a visa or study permit before enrolling in a Philippine school.
 

More Fun in Manila

Officials of the Department of Tourism remain optimistic the country will be able to achieve its target of attracting 10 million foreign tourists by 2016, according to a report by Philippine Star.
 
“We have been seeing a sustainable increase in arrivals since last year. This building enthusiasm for the Philippines, aided by our government’s good governance agenda, gives us the confidence to achieve our target of 10 million tourist arrivals by 2016,” Tourism Secretary Ramon Jimenez Jr. said.

Philippines Visitor Arrivals Compared to Other Asian Countries

The United Nations World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO) said the Philippines ranked fifth among nine countries in the ASEAN (Association of Southeast Asian Nations) in terms of receiving the most number of tourists.
 
The Philippines, which does not share land borders with any of its neighbors, recorded 4.273 million visitor arrivals in 2012, up by 9.1 percent from a year ago.  The figure represented just 1.8 percent of total Asia-Pacific arrivals.