The Philippines has probably the loudest, if not the most festive celebration of New Year's Eve, when fireworks light up the evening sky and sounds of a million firecrackers announce the coming of a new year.
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.
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.
The country's white sandy beaches, blue tropical skies and pristine waters of two popular tourism destinations, Boracay and Palawan, were the focus of the Department of Tourism (DOT) billboard campaign theme to attract nature-lover outbound tourists of Sydney, Australia.
Manila Hotel has received the very first Halal Compliance Certificate given to a hotel in the Philippines from the Department of Tourism and the National Commission on Muslim Filipinos. Being halal-compliant, Manila Hotel will be able to serve fully the Muslim consumers and tourists, adequately and sufficiently meeting their demands based on the principles that govern halal.
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Ascott Makati, a serviced residences hotel at Ayala Center, bills itself as the first building in the Philippines with full wireless Internet coverage anywhere within its premises. "It is the first building in the Philippines to have 100 percent wireless Internet coverage," Ascott general manager Lew Yen Ping said, during the 25th year anniversary of the Singapore-based Ascott International, the parent firm of Ascott, Somerset and Citadines serviced residence hotels.
Ms. Ping said that through a partnership with Globe Telecom, each of the 306 units in Ascott Makati now has access to password-protected wifi Internet, which stands for wireless fidelity. She said that while Ascott Makati still charges from wireless Internet service, it is moving towards providing completely free Internet in the future.
The building has penthouses, studios, and one to three-bedroom residences, each with their own kitchen, entertainment systems, and washing machines.
Ascott Makati also has 17 function rooms and 23 office suites. The hotel now offers anniversary rates starting from P5,775, applicable for daily stays up to seven nights and for reservations made on or before 31 August 2009.