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Philippines leads neighbors in formulating ASEAN Tourism Strategic Plan

As the existing roadmap for the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) tourism sector expires this year, ASEAN tourism leaders convene anew to formulate new tourism strategies and programs for the next few years.

The Philippines, responsible for the coordination of the overall ASEAN Tourism Strategic Plan (ATSP), is at the forefront of the development of this medium-term tourism plan, targeted for completion by end November of this year.

An interim draft of the plan has been presented for discussion at the recently held ASEAN Tourism Forum attended by the Philippines early this year at BRIDEX (Brunei International Defence Exhibition Center) in Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei.

According to Tourism Secretary Joseph ‘Ace’ Durano, “We are glad to play a key role in the development of the blueprint for the region’s tourism development and promotion. It is a vote of confidence on our capability to be at the forefront of ASEAN tourism growth and integration.” Continue Reading

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Philippine Department of Tourism lights up Cebu Heritage monument

The Department of Tourism (DOT) has completed the P2-million restoration of the Cebu Cultural Heritage Monument in the historic Barangay Parian district which is now lighted at night and available for viewing to tourists and locals alike who want to revisit key events in Cebu’s history.


Cebu Heritage Monument

DOT Secretary Joseph “Ace” Durano said that if the rehabilitation of the monument turns out to be his last project as tourism chief, it is one he will be proud of.

“As Cebu continues to urbanize, it is paramount to preserve and highlight the culture of Cebu,” he said. Continue Reading

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Early rain showers make Baguio Cold weather more appealing to visitors

The cloudy skies and brief rain showers here Wednesday made the cool weather more appealing to the visitors from foreign countries like Australia and Europe, according to the city tourism office (CTO).

Gabby Keith of the CTO said “our monitoring indicates that we continue to have a good number of local and foreign visitors at this time of the year especially with parents of returning students for their summer classes.”

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Baguio City

Earlier, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) explained that the early rain showers were brought by passing clouds in the area due to a system called “high pressure” northeast of Luzon.

Baguio temperature ranges from 14 to 26 degrees celsius with the least expected rain showers and cloudy periods.

In past years, unexpected rains during hot months of the year here happened that the residents were not surprised with the brief downpour this morning especially at the central business district.

Although the prolonged drought known as “El Niño” phenomenon has caused the city to experience 30 degrees celsius as the highest temperature this year, the maximum temperature since last week had already lowered to 25 to 26 degrees celsius.

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EU ban on Philippine carriers triggers tour cancellations

The Department of Tourism (DOT) urged the Civil Aviation Authority in the Philippines (CAAP) to work out a speedy resolution to the European Union’s (EU) ban on Philippine carriers which has already triggered an alarming number of tour cancellations from Europe.


Philippine Carriers banned in EU

The EU included the Philippines in its 13th updated list of countries with carriers banned from EU airspace, as a precautionary decision based on the US Federal Aviation Administration’s (USFAA) downgrading of the country’s safety rating to Category 2 and the International Civil Aviation Organization’s (ICAO) concerns on aviation safety regulators.

“Major European travel operators from Germany, UK and France have regretfully informed us their booking cancellations. The entire industry is affected as European arrivals account for a significant percentage of our target in the first quarter. In January 2010, air arrivals from European countries already posted an 11% growth,” said Ace Durano, Secretary of Tourism. Continue Reading

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Posted in About the Philippines, Philippine Travel Advisory, Philippine Travel News3 Comments

Carrion takes her oath as first COO of Tourism Promotions Board; tourism industry hails and welcomes the election

The entire tourism industry has rallied behind the election of Department of Tourism Undersecretary Cynthia Carrion as the first COO of the Tourism Promotions Board (TPB).


Board members of the Tourism Promotions Board (TPB) representing the different public and private sectors show support in the Oath-Taking Ceremony of TPB Chief Operations Officer Cynthia Carrion (6th from left), officiated by Department of Tourism Secretary Joseph Durano. Shown are (from left to right): Dexter Deyto, Philippine Association of Convention/Exhibition Organizers and Suppliers (PACEOS); Cesar Cruz, Philippine Tour Operators Association (PHILTOA); Jaime Bautista, Philippine Airlines; Celine Clemente, Asian Gem and Tourism Foundation; Daniel Corpuz, Philippine Convention and Visitors Corporation (PCVC); Thelma Dumpit Murillo, Department of Trade and Industry; Rose Libongco, Hotel Sales and Marketing Association; and Eric Tamayo, representative of Undersecretary Edsel Custodio, Department of Foreign Affairs. TPB Board Members not in the photo are: Undersecretary Edward Harun Pagunsan, Department of Transportation and Communications; and Mark Lapid, Tourism Infrastructure and Enterprise Zone Authority (TIEZA).

Usec. Carrion took her oath of office in a well-attended ceremony before DOT Secretary Ace Durano last April 6, 2010. The multi-sectoral support for Carrion underscores her remarkable accomplishments and qualifications in promoting the Philippines as a tourism destination. Continue Reading

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Mayon Volcano image will be printed soon in the new Peso Bills

Albay Governor Joey Salceda was elated and thankful to Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) Governor Amando Tetangco Jr. for putting the image of Mayon Volcano in the new peso bills that will soon be circulated.


Mayon Volcano

He asked the provincial legislative body to pass a resolution to articulate the gratitude of the people of Albay.

“Aside from being the parochial pride of Albayanos, the inclusion of Mayon, the country’s most iconic natural endowment in the new currency will go a long way in promoting Albay tourism without having to see Mayon erupt to attract tourists,” Salceda said. Continue Reading

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Philippines leads neighbors in formulating ASEAN Tourism Strategic Plan

As the existing roadmap for the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) tourism sector expires this year, ASEAN tourism leaders convene anew to formulate new tourism strategies and program for the next few years.


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The Philippines, responsible for the coordination of the overall ASEAN Tourism Strategic Plan (ATSP), is at the forefront of the development of this medium-term tourism plan, targeted for completion by end November of this year. An interim draft of which has been presented for discussion at the recently held ASEAN Tourism Forum attended by the Philippines early this year at BRIDEX (Brunei International Defence Exhibition Center) in Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei. Continue Reading

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Guimaras Manggahan Festival 2010 showcases local celebrations

The provincial government of Guimaras here showcases the various municipal and barangay celebrations during its Manggahan Festival that kicked off April 5.


Manggahan Festival 2010

The island-province boasts of at least 21 annual local celebrations ranging from municipal level fair of ‘Asinan Festival’ to the more prominent ‘Ang Pagtaltal Sa Balaan Bukid.’

Guimaras, aside from its main mango produce, also celebrates 10 barangay-level festivals. These are the Banigan Festival, Bayuhan Festival, Kadagatan Festival, Karosahan Festival, Layagan Festival, Rosas Sa Baybayon Festival, Sarangola Festival, Sibiran Festival, Pangasi Festival, and Niyogyogan Festival. Continue Reading

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Can Lupon Empanada Festival place Davao Oriental in the country’s tourism map?

Good food has always been one of the factors that make people want to visit a certain area. This is exactly what the organizers of the Empanada Festival are rooting for when they started planning for the festival which was held on March 25 this year in Lupon, Davao Oriental.


Empanada of Batac Ilocos

“Lupon lacks activities that will bring in people from other places so we thought of something that will increase the number of visitors in the area,” Ramil Corbeta said. Continue Reading

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Baguio City summer visitors go to Itogon for unique resort facilities

The visitors of adjacent Baguio City found their way here to enjoy the unique mountain springs developed as swimming pools, according to municipal vice mayor Noel Ngolob.

He said there was a marked increase of visitors to this town which is part of the Baguio-La Trinidad-Itogon-Sablan-Tuba (BLIST) economic zone during the recent Holy Week.


Baguio City Philippines Summer Capital

The mountain swimming facilities and resorts were however closed during the Good Friday in deference to the Catholic faith that people must contemplate on religious matters during the day and avoid worldly fun and frolic. Continue Reading

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Posted in Baguio City, Luzon2 Comments

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