Travel and Tourism

5 Philippine Destinations You should include in your travel list this year!

Travel MORE this 2023! It’s about time you look forward to memorable experiences from these destinations plus discounted accommodation vouchers from Megaworld Hotels & Resorts from their 6 brands, 12 locations and a total of 4,500 rooms keys in this year’s Tour Travel Expo happening on February 3-5, 2023 at the SMX Convention Center in Manila brought to you by …

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Philippines posts 2.6 million tourist arrivals in 2022

The Philippine tourism industry gained so much from the holiday season in terms of foreign visitors after it surpassed its target of 1.7 million with 2.65 million international arrivals at the end of 2022. The arrivals translated to P208.96 billion or USD3.68 billion in tourism revenues, a whopping 2,465.75-percent increase from 2021, according to a news release on Monday. Based …

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International SOS emphasizes travel safety this holiday season

While most Filipinos have adjusted to the new normal, and access to COVID-19 vaccines have made it safer to travel now than the previous two years, many of us are still facing the challenges of navigating various travel threats. On top of COVID-19 and the threat of seasonal viruses such as influenza and RSV (respiratory syncytial virus), would-be travelers also face …

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Philippines voted world’s best tourism destination anew

The Philippines was again voted as the “world’s best country tourism destination” in the 2022 Uzakrota Global Travel Awards, cementing its position as a top-of-the-mind travel spot even during the pandemic. The country bested other countries nominated with 721 votes, bagging the award for the second time since it held the title in 2020. The initiative was led by the …

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CIAC now overseer of Clark airport operations

Clark International Airport Corp. (CIAC) will now oversee the operations of the Clark International Airport. CIAC officer-in-charge Darwin Cunanan said that Transportation Secretary Jaime Bautista directed the agency to exercise “regulatory supervision and oversight of activities occurring within the Clark Civil Aviation Complex, including CRK,” beginning last November 7, 2022. As DOTr implementing arm, CIAC will exercise oversight functions of …

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PAL skeds 4 weekly flights to Baguio

Philippine Airlines (PAL) will resume commercial flights to Baguio beginning Dec. 16, using the 90-seater De Havilland Dash 8 Series 400 next generation aircraft, operating the Cebu to Baguio and vice versa route. The Cebu-Baguio route is the latest addition to PAL’s network of domestic flights connecting the Queen City of the South to various cities in Luzon, Visayas, and …

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Japanese tourists invited to experience Philippines ‘up close’

Japanese tourists are invited to visit and experience the now fully opened Philippines. The government had been doubling efforts to attract more Japanese to the country, who were the fourth top market prior to the pandemic. Arrivals from Japan reached 682,788 in 2019 but figures dramatically went down to 136,664 in 2020 and 15,024 last year as coronavirus compels countries …

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eTravel allows better mobility, enhanced travel—DOT

Tourism Secretary Christina Frasco highlighted the benefits of transitioning to the new eTravel system for returning Filipino residents and tourists, saying this allows for better mobility and enhanced traveler experience. Frasco said the agency has supported the removal of the One Health Pass, the transition to the e-arrival card and now the full integration of the arrival and departure system …

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PCG to deploy 25K staff for OPLAN Biyaheng Ayos: Pasko 2022

The Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) is deploying 25,000 staff for Oplan Biyaheng Ayos: Pasko 2022.  According to PCG Commandant, Admiral Artemio M Abu, Coast Guard Districts, Stations, and Sub-Stations nationwide will be on heightened alert from December 15, 2022 to January 7, 2023.  This is to ensure that the riding public will have safe, secure, convenient and comfortable sea travel …

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Pampanga Christmas lanterns dazzle in New York City

The Philippine Consulate General in New York City lit two big Christmas lanterns that flown from Pampanga to give the Filipino community there a sense of home while allowing Americans to get a glimpse of Filipino Christmas. The first-ever lighting ceremony of big lanterns at the Philippine Center was headed by Consul General Elmer Cato and graced by Ambassador Antonio …

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