International visitor arrivals to the Philippines increased by 10.4 percent year-on-year in the first half of 2006, led by the double-digit growth in arrivals from South Korea, China and Singapore.
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.
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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, 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.