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Philippines receives support from international tourism bodies

The Department of Tourism (DOT) expresses its sincere appreciation to the outpouring of messages and support from partners in the international travel community such as the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA), and World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC) for the Filipino people affected by the recent Super Typhoon Yolanda (international name: Haiyan).

Philippine Department of Tourism
Philippine Department of Tourism

In a press release posted on their website, UNWTO expressed readiness to support the Philippines in any tourism-related recovery program for the affected areas and called for support by contributing to the ongoing relief efforts of the various United Nations (UN) agencies operating on the ground. The UNWTO, as the leading international organization in the field of tourism, is the UN agency responsible for the promotion of responsible, sustainable, and universally accessible tourism. Continue Reading

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Stay and Play this Summer at the Coolest Hotels on Ibiza

Anyone who’s anyone is heading to Ibiza this summer for a week or two of wild clubbing that’s sure to be the highlight of the year, but to make sure you’re at the heart of all the action, you’ll need to snap up your hotel sharpish! These ultra-cool Ibiza hotels will put all of the fun on your doorstep, plus you’ll have somewhere chic to rest your weary head after a long night of dancing.

Cocktail Mojito in Ibiza
Cocktail Mojito in Ibiza

Ushuaia Beach Hotel, Playa d’en Bossa
Staying at the Ushuaia Beach Hotel is the closest you can get on Ibiza to staying at a club itself. This painfully stylish, floral-adorned hotel, just a stone’s throw from the water at Playa d’en Bossa plays host to international DJ’s throughout the summer season, that play beside the pool as guests dance the night (or day) away on the decking. Continue Reading

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The Philippine Department of Tourism implements New National Accommodation Standards

The Department of Tourism (DOT) will be implementing its new National Accommodation Standards for Hotels, Resorts, and Apartment Hotels using the Star Rating System. The new standards employ a points-based rating system focused on inventory, availability, condition, and quality of a specific facility or service.

Big Room“The new standards seek to boost industry competitiveness, especially in preparation for important events such as the World Competitiveness Forum next year, APEC in 2015, and the ASEAN Tourism Forum in 2016. On the initial implementation of the new standards and star rating system for classifying hotels, resorts, and apartment hotels, the DOT shall be engaging the services of a private quality assurance firm that will consequently tap external auditors to conduct the assessment. The use of a third party auditing firm is aimed at ensuring impartiality of the audit team and credibility of results. Most developed countries employ this scheme as independent audits are deemed more credible,” DOT Secretary Ramon R. Jimenez, Jr. said.

Launched last year through the DOT Memorandum Circular 2012-02, the new standards is part of the DOT’s policy reforms pursuant to the provisions of the Tourism Act of 2009, which mandates the DOT to formulate and enforce standards for the operation and maintenance of tourism enterprises, prescribing minimum and progressive levels of operating quality and efficiency consistent with local and international standards. The Tourism Act also provides for the development and enforcement of a comprehensive system for mandatory accreditation for primary tourism enterprises, and voluntary accreditation for secondary tourism enterprises, in accordance with prescribed guidelines and standards. Continue Reading

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3 Star Cruises luxury liners to visit Boracay this October 2013

Since the visit of high-prolife cruise ships in Boracay Island last year, three more luxury liners are to visit the island resort during the latter part of this year.

MS Super Star Aquarius
MS Super Star Aquarius

Caticlan jetty port administrator Nieven Maquirang said the MS Super Star Gemini will arrive on Oct 17 followed by another cruise ship MS Super Star Aquarius, both under the international cruise line Star Cruises.

Maquirang said both ships have more than 1,500 aboard with a complement of more than 1,000 crew members. Continue Reading

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Rent and Crash: How to Handle a Hired Car Accident

Accidents are no fun no matter what vehicle you’re in. But they can become extra tricky if you find yourself involved in a mishap in a car that’s not yours. While the major facets of dealing with an accident are the same no matter what automobile you’re operating, there are some extra steps you need to take if you’re in a hired one.

Car Rental AccidentsThe first and most important steps to take if you’re involved in an accident are the same no matter what car you’re in. If you’re in an accident, your priority is to make sure you and the other passengers are safe and not in immediate danger. Then the next move is to call the police to report that accident. While other moves might cross your mind, calling the authorities is always the right play. Check out Drivenows campervan hire page for more information on your next vacation

After that, if you were in your own car, you would be on the phone to contact your insurance company and finding out how to go about getting your car fixed. But if you’re in a rental car, you’ll want to contact the rental car company and see what the next step is on their end. Each company will have its own policies as far as what is required to report an accident. Continue Reading

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Top travel photography tips for frequent travelers

Every place has its own uniqueness and ethereal value with respect to its geographical and historical presence. They have their own character, look, ambiance, beauty etc. If we wish to have our photographs of the travel to be marvellous and everlasting, then they should be captured with perfect quality.

travel photographyThe only aspect is that the user should be aware of the nitty-gritties of their cameras, which will let them click great pictures seamlessly and cherish them for longer period of time. There are few remarkable digital cameras which shoot high quality pictures of the nature or faces around.

It’s highly unlikely that each and every event which occurred in your life could be remembered in the same sequence as it occurred. To capture the most memorable events which occurred in your life, you can always rely on the wonderful snaps which you were able to capture when they occurred. Photographs should be able to trigger the wonderful and marvellous memories, communicate the feelings you felt with others etc. For doing this, we need to have a thought process in place and plan the different aspects of a complete photograph. Continue Reading

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Camarines Sur reshapes Bicol tourism

Time was when Bicol had nothing to offer in terms of tourism but Mt. Mayon, the majestic Albay icon known as the “World’s Most Perfect Cone”.

Gota Beach
Gota Beach

Today, a great number of destinations had been developed and emerging as global tourist magnets, among them the Camarines Sur Watersports Complex (CWC), a unique man-made watersports park designed for wakeboarding, wakeskating and waterskiing. Continue Reading

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The UK’s Best Entertainment Hotspots

It may be a small island but the UK has a wealth of rolling countryside, expansive history and amazing entertainment hotspots. With the summer season approaching, many of the tourist guides are focussed on the larger entertainment complexes like Alton Towers, but there are numerous small hidden gems nestled across the country; so here are our top picks for this year and many summers to come!

Casino in UKA Flavour of Las Vegas at Grosvenor Casinos

The UK has many small casinos, but Grosvenor casinos are one group of British establishments that stand out from the rest. Of course, they have a wealth of traditional games, awesome slots and nail biting poker matches; but they also offer so much more entertainment that they are up there with the casinos of Sin City. There are many Grosvenors dotted around the country and they each offer their own, diverse range of specialised evenings and casino packages that can be used during your entire holiday. As an example, last year in the City of Manchester, Grosvenor sported a chilli contest – how much chilli can you eat; covered in the local media, this was a great way  to integrate the casino with the community. Wherever you decide to stay this year, make sure you take a trip to you local Grosvenor casino for some fast paced blackjack, amazing food and incredible atmosphere. Continue Reading

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Choosing the best resort for your Summer Vacation

Summer’s can be regarded as the best season for planning a vacation trip with the family as this is the time when most of the people are free and looking to rejuvenate. Majority of the families take up extra effort in planning the summer vacation because this is one of the idyllic time that can be spend with one another.

Choosing the best resort
Choosing the best resort

If planning a trip with either family or close friends it is absolutely important to consider the personal views of each and every family member or friends while selecting the travel destination. Every person will have different likes, for instance, some may like an adventurous location like mountains or hill stations, kids may like to go to a fun filled location like beaches or similar other places. In such a situation, a unanimous decision is needed so that every member of the family feels happy about the place they select for vacation. Continue Reading

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International travel guide recognizes Boracay as top destination

Boracay has, for the third year running, topped the list of TripAdvisor.com’s Travelers’ Choice 2013 – Best Beaches in Asia 2013, according to the Dept. of Tourism Wednesday.

Boracay Beach ResortsTripAdvisor, one of the world’s popular online travel guides, conducts regular polls of favorite vacation places and properties through its Travelers’ Choice Awards.

Known for its white sand beach, Boracay was described as “a stunningly beautiful white powder sand beach [with] crystal clear, warm water that you can laze on for days on end.”

The Secret Lagoon of El Nido, Palawan also made it to the list of 25 great beaches in Asia at number 9 as well as Boracay’s Yapak Beach at number 10.

Secret Lagoon Beach was tagged for its “wonderful view”, while Yapak Beach (Puka Shell Beach) was acclaimed for its “big waves.”

Previously coming in as second in the 2012 Best Beaches in the World Awards, Boracay has consistently made it to the poll results of the travel website.

In 2012, Boracay was also cited by Travel + Leisure Magazine in its World’s Best Awards as the Best Island Destination and one of the Top 10 Best Beach Party Destinations by Cheapflights.com.

Boracay’s protection and preservation is a main concern being addressed by both national and local authorities and stakeholders.

“In order for us to continue reaping the benefits of development and great publicity, we ought to seriously address the environment challenges,” Tourism Secretary Ramon Jimenez said.

“We call on all stakeholders to come as one in preserving our country’s jewels,” he added.

The Philippines also recently made it to the Lonely Planet Traveller’s Choice 2013 and rated as one of the Top 10 popular destinations to go to for meeting locals (ranked 6th) and value for money (ranked 8th). Continue Reading

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