Travel and Tourism

Gov’t to modernize road public transport

The Department of Transportation (DOTr) plans to modernize public road transport to convince car owners to use public utility vehicles (PUVs) in order to reduce traffic. Innovations are being introduced to make modern PUVs convenient and efficient, such as cashless payment option already used in highly urbanized cities abroad. Transportation Secretary Jaime J. Bautista said, “A travel innovation we are …

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Phl going green in transport planning

The Department of Transportation (DOTr) plans to modernize public road transport to convince car owners to use public utility vehicles (PUVs) in order to reduce traffic. Innovations are being introduced to make modern PUVs convenient and efficient, such as cashless payment option already used in highly urbanized cities abroad. Transportation Secretary Jaime J. Bautista said, “A travel innovation we are …

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Gov’t advocates wider use of non-motorized vehicles

The Department of Transportation (DOTr) is advocating for the use of personal mobility devices such as bicycles, e-bikes, e-scooters, other non-motorized vehicles – even walking – as part of the push for sustainable transportation. During the Asia and the Pacific Transport Forum organized by Asian Development Bank (ADB), DOTr Assistant Secretary Leonel De Velez said the agency is focused on …

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SMC to transform NAIA to world-class airport

San Miguel Corporation (SMC) is preparing to take over the operations of the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) and transform it into a world-class facility. On September 14, SMC will start operating and maintaining NAIA after winning DOTr’s hotly contested privatization exercise. SMC partnered with Incheon International Airport Corporation in its bid for the 15-year NAIA concession agreement. NAIA has …

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MCIA honored as PH’s 1st Green Airport

Mactan Cebu International Airport (MCIA) recently achieved a historic double win – by becoming the first Philippine airport to achieve both Level 1 Airport Carbon Accreditation and the prestigious Platinum Green Airport Award 2024. This award by the Airports Council International (ACI) puts MCIA at the forefront of sustainable airport operations in the Asia-Pacific and Middle East region. MCIA, currently …

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Filipinos spending more on travel in 2024

Approximately 70% of Filipinos plan to spend more on travel in 2024 compared to last year, according to data collected by travel agency Klook. During an industry update held in Hong Kong, Klook General Manager for Philippines and Thailand Michelle Ho provided an industry update on key travel trends in the Asia Pacific region. Using data from Macquarie Research and Cirium, …

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New NAIA operator to crack down on inefficiencies

The private company that will manage the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) promised not just a rehabilitation of the present structures, but reforms also in handling of passengers that address their common complaints of inefficient operations and corruption among airport officers. San Miguel Corporation President Ramon S. Ang, who led the consortium that won the right to rehabilitate the 76-year-old …

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DOTr shoring up renewable energy resources

The Department of Transportation (DOTr) is expanding renewable energy resources, particularly offshore wind, as part of the government’s commitment to generate clean energy via wind turbine generators. Transport Undersecretary for Maritime Elmer Sarmiento said the expansion of renewable energy resources is part of the Offshore Wind Energy Development in the country, wherein offshore wind farms will be constructed near major …

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Oplan Biyaheng Ayos – Beware of 14 travel scams

The Department of Transportation (DOTr) cautions the public against travel scams that may ruin their vacation this Holy Week. Beware of these travel scams: Fake accommodation Fake wifi To-good-to-be-true deals “Free” vacation trap Fake travel agents Overpriced tours Charity con Counterfeit cash Hidden CCTVs Fake taxi Selling lost baggage on FB Fake SIMs Fixer Cheap airline tickets on social media …

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MIAA expects 1M+ passengers this Holy Week

Manila International Airport Authority General Manager Eric Jose Ines expects a 15% increase in passenger volume this Holy Week – from Palm Sunday to Easter Sunday. Last year, the MIAA recorded 926,755 passengers passing through the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) terminals. To make travel a better experience for everyone, he said the MIAA already ensured adequate manpower, equipment, and …

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