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Black Eyed Peas promotes the Philippines

Apl.de.ap in the PhilippinesHe could make a beautiful song out of "Filipino", "Bebot" or "Take U to the Philippines".  Apl.de.ap, or Allan Pineda Lindo, a Filipino-American member of the hip hop group Black Eyed Peas certainly celebrates his Filipino heritage through his music.

Recently, apl.de.ap has collaborated with the Department of Tourism (DOT) and MTV Asia to promote the Philippines through his music.  "I wanted to represent where I came from," said apl.de.ap. "I wanted to showcase all the beautiful spots in the Philippines and invite all Filipino-Americans to come visit the Philippines."

Apl.de.ap, who was born in Sapang Bato, Angeles City in 1974 and moved to the United States at the age of 14 with the help of the Pearl S. Buck Foundation, said this is his way of giving back to the country.

Jose Rizal Heritage Trail

A heritage trail was launched at Rizal Park in time for the commemoration of the 150th death anniversary of national hero Jose Rizal.  Tourism Secretary Alberto Lim led the opening of the Lakbay Jose Rizal @ 150, a tourism heritage promotional campaign, and the unveiling of the Rizal Relief Map One-Stop Heritage Trail at the Rizal Park in Manila.

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Clark as Asia’s next ‘aerotropolis’. There is increasing urgency to develop Clark International Airport into an aviation hub, according to a report by Philippine Daily Inquirer.

“The Case for Asia’s Next Aerotropolis” is the theme of the Clark Aviation Conference 2013, a trade gathering that will examine Clark’s compelling case as an aerotropolis, an idea in community planning where airports serve as the centre for new cities growing around them.

Global Tourism Grows in 2013

International tourist arrivals grew by 5{b72d12ecee9fade90e10854e79e98a671cbb00dc34440b2ee5ef5de31595176e} in the first half of 2013 compared to the same period of 2012, reaching almost 500 million, according to data just released by UNWTO. Growth was above the projection made at the beginning of the year (+3{b72d12ecee9fade90e10854e79e98a671cbb00dc34440b2ee5ef5de31595176e} to +4{b72d12ecee9fade90e10854e79e98a671cbb00dc34440b2ee5ef5de31595176e}) and is also exceeding the trend of the UNWTO long-term outlook Tourism Towards 2030 (+3.8{b72d12ecee9fade90e10854e79e98a671cbb00dc34440b2ee5ef5de31595176e} a year).

Boracay Among Top 20 Destinations for Chinese Tourists

Boracay Island, the famous resort island in Aklan, Philippines, ranked as the 16th of the top 20 most popular destinations for Chinese travellers in July and August 2013, according to TripAdvisor.
The report said the number of Chinese tourists visiting Boracay increased 360 percent year-on-year in July and August. 
China exceeded the US and Germany to become the world's largest source market for outbound tourism by expenditure in 2012.

Global air traffic up by 9.5 percent

 International travel showed a strong recovery this year, after a dramatic decline in 2009 at the height of the global financial crisis.  The Geneva-based International Air Transport Association (IATA) said international air traffic passenger demand rose 9.5 percent in February while cargo demand grew 26.5 percent.

Manila, top city destination in Asia

Manila is the 10th most visited city destination in Asia, according to the new index of Global Destination Cities developed by Mastercard.  The study ranked London as the world’s top city destination, which is expected to receive 20.1 million inbound passengers in 2011, topping Paris' 18.1 million.  Bangkok is expected to welcome the third-highest number of visitors, followed by Singapore and Hong Kong.  Asia-Pacific cities account for eight of the top 20 global destinations.

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Bohol attracts Chinese tourists. Officials of the Department of Tourism (DoT) have presented the island-paradise of Bohol as “focus destination” in Beijing recently, according to a report by Manila Bulletin. Leading the promotion of Bohol as the heart of the “It’s More Fun in the Philippines“ slogan is the Bohol Tourism Council.

Bohol is at the cusp of a “great leap forward” economically – anchored on eco-tourism, agriculture and soon business process outsourcing, said DoT..  Bohol has two universities and a host of good colleges to provide qualified personnel for the hospitality and call centre markets.

More Flights Between the Philippines and Japan

There will be more airline flights between the Philippines and Japan, after both countries signed a new air service agreement that allows their airlines to increase the number of passengers travelling to both sides.
Civil Aeronautics Board (CAB) executive director Carmelo Arcilla said the new air pact increase the number of flights between Manila and Narita to a maximum of 400 a week from the current level of 119 a week.