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Philippine Travel Tour Expo 2010 draws 110,000 visitors

The latest edition of the annual Philippine Travel Tour Expo (TTE) posted a record number of visitors during its three-day run at the SMX Convention Center, the Philippine Travel Agencies Association (PTAA) said Tuesday.

Performers from Hawaiian Airlines

TTE chairman and former PTAA president Jose Clemente III said more than 110,000 visitors went to the seventeenth edition of the expo, representing a huge 86.44 percent jump from 2009.

“We were very much overwhelmed by the public response to this year’s Philippine Travel Tour Expo. The turnout at the expo is very much indicative that Philippine tourism has now turned a corner and is now ready to surge,” Clemente said. Continue Reading

Posted in Philippine Travel News5 Comments

Aboitiz Transport System acquires two more RORO ships

Aboitiz Transport System (ATS), one of the country’s largest shipping operators, has purchased two second-hand roll-on/roll-off (RORO) passenger vessels from Japan worth $ 7.5 million each.

The MV Sunflower Kogane from The Diamond Ferry Co, Ltd. Oita, Japan and MV Sunflower Nishiki from Kansai Kisen Kaisha each has a 9,700 gross tonnage, 400-twenty-foot equivalent unit capacity and can carry about 2,000 passengers. Delivery is expected next month.

“Aiming towards operational excellence, the vessel purchase is intended to modernize its current fleet to achieve greater efficiencies,” ATS said in its disclosure to the Philippine Stock Exchange. Continue Reading

Posted in Philippine Travel News, Travel Guide0 Comments

The eJeepney Revolution: The Beginning of a Greener Lifestyle

eJeepney Philippines

Electric vehicles have been around for a long time but only recently have they been put to actual use in local cities. Puttering around like large golf carts, they have long been treated as novelty vehicles, transporting customers within malls or transferring people from one building to another. And while they proved useful that way, they were not considered as “real” service vehicles.

The Electric Jeepney was featured in the news in 2009 as a cleaner alternative to the diesel-powered workhorses that move Metro Manila’s denizens around. And for some time, too, it was just an interesting piece of information to everyone who saw the features, until some groups decided that it was time to put the eJeepneys to actual use. Continue Reading

Posted in About the Philippines, Featured, Philippine Travel News1 Comment

Philippine tourism boosted by international events and hotel boom

Looking back at 2009, Department of Tourism (DOT) Secretary Joseph Ace Durano said major international events in Metro Manila have increased utilization of various tourism facilities.


Director Nini Ravanilla of DOT Region 5 at the Philippine Travel Tour Expo 2010

These included the International Conference on Green Industry in Asia, East Asia Seas Congress, Asian Congress on Health and Peace Tourism, Eco-Products International Fair, World Chinese Entrepreneurs Convention, Association of Convention and Visitors Bureau Meeting, Asian and Oceanian Stock Exchanges Federation General Assembly, Licensing Executives Society International Annual Convention, and Federation of Asian Bishops Conference. Continue Reading

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Posted in About the Philippines, Philippine Travel News, Travel Guide4 Comments

Philippine Tourism grows and expands in key destinations

Philippine Travel Tour Expo 2010

Philippine tourism never had it so good in 2009. In a 2009 year-end report by Department of Tourism (DOT) Secretary Joseph Ace Durano, late Friday, he said total tourist traffic in the top 14 destinations last year reached 8.9 million for a 14 percent growth.

Durano attributed this feat to the combined efforts of the DOT, the private sector, local government units and other stakeholders to continually diversify the tourism products, increase accommodation and transport capacities, and upgrade existing tourism services. Continue Reading

Posted in About the Philippines, Philippine Travel News, Travel Guide2 Comments

Cebu, Mindanao and Ilocos products available in Panagbenga Festival 2010 Trade Fair

Guitars from Cebu

Native products from Cebu, Mindanao and Ilocos region are among the items with the highest sales in various trade fairs in the on-going Baguio Flower Festival 2010 according to The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI).

Art Tibaldo, DTI information officer, said this was determined since last year and “it remains the same in the Market Encounter of the Panagbenga Festival 2010.” Among the saleable products of Cebu are preserved mango and other tropical fruits; while the fresh and processed durian like candies from Mindanao area take a big percentage in daily sales. Continue Reading

Posted in Baguio City, Luzon, Philippine Festivals1 Comment

White Rock Water Park and Beach Resort in Subic Zambales

White Rock Water Park and Beach Resort is a breath of fresh air to anyone tired of the maddening crowd.

In Subic, there's only one place to go for simultaneous water fun AND the great blockbusters of Hollywood: the wave pools at White Rock Water Park and Beach Resort.

A unique getaway on the long stretches of beach in Subic, here you’ll definitely find a touch of paradise—pristine waters gently rolling over a bed of soft white sand, and majestic mountains on the horizon. But something else also makes White Rock the prime destination for events and unconventional adventures. It’s the splash of waves, the thrill of slides. It’s an all new love affair with the sea and the playground. Continue Reading

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Posted in Hotels, Luzon, Subic, Zambales9 Comments

The Philippine Convention and Visitors Corporation to validate readiness of Davao City to host MICE in 2012

Durian from Davao City

The Philippine Convention and Visitors Corporation (PCVC) will validate the readiness of Davao City of hosting the Meetings Incentives Conventions Exhibitions (MICE) in 2012.

Susan Palad, vice president representing Mindanao at the Tourism Congress, said hosting the MICE is an important event for the tourism sector as this will gather not only domestic but also international event organizers.

“If they consider the area, they would bring in several thousands of visitors,” she said. Continue Reading

Posted in Davao City, Mindanao0 Comments

Our Lady of Namacpacan in Luna La Union draws tourists and devotees

Luna Spanish Tower

Crowds of devotees and tourists from all over the country and the globe participated in the historical 50th year of canonical celebration of Our Lady of Namacpacan in Luna, La Union. The commemoration of the papal bull issued by Pope XXIII on the coronation of Our Lady of Namacpacan in 1959 is considered one of the nation’s cultural and religious highlights, drawing foreign and local tourists as well as Filipino balikbayans and members of the foreign and local media. Continue Reading

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Posted in La Union, Religious Sites4 Comments

Boracay business owners urge Philippine Tourism Authority to start Phase 2 of drainage system project

Boracay Island Paradise

Business associations here have urged the Philippine Tourism Authority (PTA) to immediately start the construction of the Phase 2 of the drainage system project to avert possible flooding incidents.

The Boracay Foundation Incorporated (BFI) and the Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry-Boracay (PCCI) sent a separate request to the PTA regarding their concern. Continue Reading

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Posted in Aklan, Boracay, Visayas0 Comments

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