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Jiangsu province

Jiangsu province in China and the Philippines have agreed to intensify their marketing efforts to accelerate the movement of tourists between the two sides.

"For 2009, we are optimistic that the growth of arrivals from China will be sustained.  We will intensify our marketing efforts and strengthen mutual cooperation," said Ms. Arlene Alipio, head of the Department of Tourism (DOT) Team China during a visit by a 30-person delegation from Jiangsu province in Manila this week.

Marine Photography Philippines

A new tourism attraction is being promoted by the Department of Tourism.  With diverse marine ecosystems containing 800 species of corals, the Philippines can take advantage of the growth in marine photography.  "It’s still a small market but it’s growing. We have only a few number of photographers yet, were still working on it," Tourism Secretary Alberto Lim was quoted as saying in a Business Insights report.
 

BIMP-EAGA flights

The Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) has agreed to provide incentives to airlines that will operate flights in the Brunei-Indonesia-Malaysia-Philippines East Asian Growth Area (BIMP-EAGA).

CAAP director general Ramon S. Gutierrez said the air linkage technical working group of the BIMP-EAGA is working towards the designation of more entry points and (entrants will) enjoy the privileges provided for under the Fifth Freedom air services agreement.

Cebu Pacific Flies to Phuket

Cebu Pacific has launched direct flights between Manila and Phuket, Thailand, according to a report by ABS-CBN.  Phuket, Thailand's biggest island, is the airline's 21st international destination and its second in Thailand after Bangkok.

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.
 

Fast Rising Tourist Spots in the Philippines 3

Entertainment City blooms. Property prices at the Entertainment City project in Paranaque City may further increase in the coming months, after doubling over the past four years, according to a report by Manila Standard Today.

Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corp. (Pagcor) CEO Cristino Naguiat said the government bought the Entertainment City property for PhP23,000 per square metres in 2008.  “We’ve recently had it priced by Landbank. It is around PhP47,000 now,” he said.

The state-owned gaming regulator owns at least 50 hectares of land in the Entertainment City project, which is leased by hotel groups Travellers International Hotel Group and Bloombery Resorts Corp.  He said the tenants pay the rental fee annually to the government via Pagcor.