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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.

Fast Rising Tourist Spots in the Philippines 5

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.

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.