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Holiday Extras Know their Onions!

If you want to know the best companies in a particular industry then the best way to go about this is to ask their customers what they think of the service and to see whether or not they would recommend that particular company to others.

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Manila Bay Sunset

This is just what holiday Extras have done but they have done it on a much grander scale!

This year 66,000 people have voted in the Holiday Extras Customer Awards (which is great as this last year about a third of this number were voting).

This year the awards were held in London on September 15th and were hosted by the well-known travel writer and radio presenter Simon Calder. Continue Reading

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Top Russian artists paint the Philippines

Thirteen top Russian artists embark on a 20-day cultural journey to the Philippines, called, “To the Islands of Sampaguita,” as part of the Creative Expedition to the Philippines – 1st ASEAN Culture Capital to paint the wealth of bio-cultural diversity of our country’s habitat, heritage, history, language and creative industry. This project was organized in celebration of the 35th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between the Philippines and Russia in an effort to strengthen bilateral relations with Russia through trade, tourism, and culture.

Philippine Paintings
Philippine Paintings

“We welcome the distinguished Russian artists to the Philippines and we wish them an enjoyable and pleasant stay in our beautiful country,” says Tourism Secretary Ramon Jimenez. Continue Reading

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Puerto Princesa Palawan underground river featured in Singapore festival

The Puerto Princesa Underground River (PPUR) in Palawan, the Philippines’ bet for the “New Seven Wonders of the World,” was featured on World Parks Day in Singapore last week.

Puerto Princesa Underground River
Puerto Princesa Underground River

The Department of Foreign Affairs said the PPUR was showcased at the Philippine pavilion during Singapore’s twin celebration of Global Community Day and World Parks’ Day on September 24 and 25 . Continue Reading

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Miss Universe 2011 delegate Shamcey Supsup as tourism ambassador?

The Department of Tourism’s recently approved budget of P1.7 billion for this year until 2012 is not enough to support all of its projects and campaigns but the department will judiciously make do with what it has to fulfill its role.

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Miss Universe 2011 Philippine Delegate Shamcey Supsup

For instance, Assistant Secretary for international tourism promotion Benito C. Bengzon Jr. on Monday said that his office was alloted only P466 million for several plans and programs for international market promotion, which is definitely not enough. Continue Reading

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The Philippines: The Other Melting Pot

Americans tend to think of the states as the ultimate melting pot of cultures; what started as a British colony is now a rich chunky stew of virtually every ethnicity of the world. Most would like to think we are a unique happenstance, but a truly unexpected culture formed on the Indonesian archipelago. Over 7,000 islands, collectively known as the great country of the Philippines, have a distinct Eastern culture seamlessly blended with a thick Western influence.

Tamaraw Falls in Puerto Galera
Tamaraw Falls in Puerto Galera

Because of the colonization of the world by Europe, the Philippines became another melting pot of cultures similar to the United States. With its own rich cultural traditions, Club Med worthy beaches and coastal areas, and expansive tropical forests; the island country is an often times missed traveling hotspot for tourists. Here are some of the cultural influences which have been blended into the Philippines: Continue Reading

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It’s a small World in Hong Kong Disneyland

One of the most famous of all the rides at all the Disneylands in the world is the much loved “It’s A Small World.” I have to admit that this was a song I loved when I was a child as it was one of the first things I learned in a language that wasn’t Filipino.

Enjoying the Ride
Enjoying the Ride

We learned how to sing in German, French, English, and a few other languages. Sure, all we learned was “It’s a small world after all” but for a bunch of little kids, this was the first time that we were really exposed to the fact that we could travel all over the world and meet people from everywhere…and, I might add, that the world was a beautiful place and theres so much to discover. Continue Reading

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Jungle River Cruise at Hong Kong Disneyland

Every Kid dreamed of taking a cruise through the jungle and seeing the many wonderful animals of Africa along the way. I know that for me, this was one of my primary fantasies when I was growing up. I wanted to get on a boat and go see the world. Not surprising really.

Hong Kong Disneyland
The Kingdom

So, you can guess that when I got to Hong Kong Disneyland, we had a short trip to Adventureland and got on the jungle cruise. Sure, it’s not really a jungle cruise and there is not really an element of danger, but still this fun and exhilirating attraction is a great way to see some of your childhood fantasies come to life. Continue Reading

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Philippine Department of Tourism pledges P1M for Philippine Travel Mart 2011

The Department of Tourism (DOT) is giving all out support to the promotion domestic tourism through the Philippine Travel Mart (PTM) in September, organized by Philippine Tour Operators Association (PHILTOA).

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Amorita Resort in Bohol

“Our partnership with PHILTOA has been very fruitful over the years especially in relation to our joint staging of the annual PTM. Exhibitors reported generating over P18.5 million pesos in on-site sales alone last year, which tells us that our public is eager to travel within the country,” said Secretary Alberto A. Lim. Continue Reading

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Philippine Department of Tourism taps Korean market via trade fairs, joint promos

The Department of Tourism (DOT) will continue to build on the industry-leading Korean tourist market with its participation in the 14th Busan International Travel Fair (BITF) on 02-05 September, as well as other joint promotional activities.

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Amorita Resort in Panglao Island Bohol

“As our best performer, the Korean outbound market remains one of our focal points for the year. New direct and charter air services have been crucial in maintaining the upward trend, as have been our fruitful efforts in trade fairs where we have received much positive feedback. This year’s BITF will allow us to cement our status further as a preferred destination for Koreans,” said Tourism Secretary Alberto A. Lim. Continue Reading

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China Travel Industry Hails the Philippines as “Best Honeymoon Destination of the Year”

The Philippines was hailed the “Honeymoon Destination of the Year” in the 2011 China Travel and Meetings Industry Awards, affirming the confidence of Chinese industry executives in the Philippines as a destination for Chinese tourists, according to the Philippine Embassy in Beijing.

Coron Palawan - A Honeymoon Destination
Coron Palawan – A Honeymoon Destination

The Philippines bested Bali and Thailand in a voting process that garnered 4.2 million votes by members of the industry during almost two months of voting period in July and August 2010. A panel of judges initially chose the destinations per category and asked members of the industry to vote online. Continue Reading

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