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The Arabian Travel Mart (ATM) in Dubai to showcase the Philippines as wellness hub

The Arabian Travel Mart (ATM) in Dubai, known as the biggest annual travel fair in the Middle East, will showcase the Philippines’ health and wellness attractions next week.

The Philippines as a Wellness Hub

A delegation from the Department of Tourism (DOT), Tourism Promotions Board (TPB) and Philippine operators will represent the country at the ATM to be held at the Dubai International Convention and Exhibition Center on April 22-25, 2018.

The Arabian Travel Mart (ATM) in Dubai to showcase the Philippines as wellness hub??

The Arabian Travel Mart (ATM) in Dubai to showcase the Philippines as wellness hub

“Although the Philippines has long been attracting visitors from all over the world because of its pristine beaches and dive sites, it is yet to be known as a health and wellness destination. The Arabian Travel Market is the perfect venue for promoting the Philippine destinations where tourists can visit to relax and rejuvenate themselves,” said DOT Secretary Wanda Tulfo-Teo.

Aside from putting up a Philippine pavilion at the event where some of country’s top health and wellness attractions will take center stage, the DOT and TPB will also hold business-to-business (B2B) sessions where Dubai tour operators can meet with the country’s tour operators including from the health and wellness providers to discuss possible business partnerships.

Now on its 22nd year, the ATM attracts over 30,000 visitors from the Middle East, Europe and other regions every year. More than 3,000 products and destinations from around the world are highlighted in the four-day event, including B2B meetings that result in the signing of more than US$2.5 billion worth of deals.

“The health and wellness tourism industry is a US3.7-trillion global business. As an emerging health and wellness tourism destination with a huge potential to become a global leader, the Philippines certainly has a lot of investment and business opportunities to offer,” said Roberto P. Alabado III, director of DOT’s Medical Travel and Wellness Tourism Office.

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Marco Polo Hotels: It’s All in the Packaging

New Hotel packages launched for Marco Polo Hotels

(Manila, Philippines) – Wharf Hotels has launched a series of new offers designed for travelers enjoying different occasions across its 3 Marco Polo hotels in the Philippines. Targeting connoisseurs of culture, entrepreneurial leaders and those looking for a romantic escape, the new packages have been crafted to meet the needs of today’s global travelers.

Marco Polo Hotels Manila Superior Suite

Marco Polo Hotels Manila Superior Suite

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Corporate Connectors, Luxe Life and A Love Story will be available for reservations from now until 31 December 2018 at Marco Polo hotels in the popular destinations of Manila (Check Rates), Cebu (Check Rates) and Davao (Check Rates).

At Marco Polo’s premium hotels based in established locations, business travelers reserving Corporate Connectors will experience business at ease while staying at any Marco Polo hotel in the Philippines. The package comes with complimentary:

  • Early check-in and late check-out
  • Breakfast for two
  • Private dining credits
  • Laundry and pressing services
Marco Polo Ortigas Manila

Marco Polo Ortigas Manila

As a brand which embodies the spirit of travel renowned for creating localized guest experiences, guests booking Luxe Life may enjoy the welcoming and warm service of the hotel’s Continental Clubs and exclusive benefits including:

  • In-room early check-in and late check-out
  • Continental Club access
  • Welcome amenity
  • Laundry and pressing services
  • Complimentary cocktail
Marco Polo Plaza Cebu

Marco Polo Plaza Cebu

For those wanting to create their own fairy tale whilst discovering new destinations, A Love Story will be available across all Marco Polo Hotels for guests to experience, including complimentary:

  • In-room check-in and late check-out
  • Breakfast in bed or in the restaurant, for two
  • Bottle of champagne
  • Signature cake by Marco Polo
Marco Polo Hotel Davao

Marco Polo Hotel Davao

Now bookable on marcopolohotels.com, all experiential packages are available until 31 December 2018. Benefits are subject to availability and terms and conditions apply.

For more information, contact (632) 720 7777 or book online via www.marcopolohotels.com or email: manila@marcopolohotels.com. Visit facebook.com/MarcoPoloOrtigasManila or follow @MarcoPoloManila on Twitter or Instagram.

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Central Visayas records 6.9 million tourist arrivals; Cebu City is top travel hub

The Department of Tourism (DOT) Central Visayas tallied approximately 6.9 million tourist arrivals from January to December 2017 largely surpassing the 6.3 million target for the said year, and recording a 17.13% growth rate from 2016.

Cebu Best Island in Asia

Cebu Best Island in Asia

The active movement of the Filipinos traveling to different destinations in the Philippines has benefited Cebu and the rest of Central Visayas region, as domestic travelers dominate the arrival volume of 58.33% with 4 million visiting the four provinces in the region, namely Cebu, Bohol, Negros Oriental and Siquijor.

The top ten tourism markets recorded by DOT Region VII include: Korea, with the highest number of tourist population, noted to be 895, 776 in total; followed by China with a volume of 429, 306 and has the highest growth rate among the top ten markets; Japan with 408, 566; and USA with 219, 796.

Cebu City is top travel hub

Cebu City is top travel hub

Moreover, the DOT Region VII also recorded a total of 71, 739 visitors coming from Taiwan; Australia came in sixth with 71, 724; Germany with 58, 432, followed by France with 50, 257, and the United Kingdom with 49, 484, and finally, Canada comes in tenth with 43, 084 registered tourists.

Among the major tourist hubs in Central Visayas is Cebu City, which was noted to rake in majority of the numbers presented above.

DOT Region VII also noted that the tourist influx can be attributed to the increase of direct international commercial and chartered flights to Cebu from other countries.

Meanwhile, Lapu-Lapu City, Panglao, Dumaguete City and Tagbilaran City also recorded a competitive number of tourist arrivals.

Beaches in Cebu

Beaches in Cebu

Cebu and Bohol have become a choice venue for meetings, incentives, conferences and exhibitions (MICE), including the Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN) meetings last year.

The DOT and the Tourism Promotions Board (TPB), together with the Local Government Units (LGUs), have implemented a massive promotions run on the region, thus resulting into a strong social media presence, which gave stakeholders a platform for promoting their own products.

Sumilon Island in Cebu

Sumilon Island in Cebu

The implementation of the Tourism Road Infrastructure Projects (TRIP) has since provided greater access to tourist sites in the region.

The tourism industry in the region was also further strengthened as the DOT ensured the execution of training and workshops for LGUs and private stakeholders, on the diversification of tourism product offerings.

Also Read: The Hidden Paradise of Cebu

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Davao City emerges as sports tourism hub

The Philippines scored yet another tourism marketing coup with its successful hosting of the Alveo IRONMAN 70.3 triathlon on Sunday in this premier Mindanao city (list of hotels), the hometown of President Rodrigo Duterte.

Thousands of spectators watched the nine-hour Alveo IRONMAN 70.3 triathlon in Davao City on Sunday, the 10th to be held in the country. Davao City Mayor Inday Sara Duterte-Carpio was on hand to congratulate some 2000 participants.

Thousands of spectators watched the nine-hour Alveo IRONMAN 70.3 triathlon in Davao City on Sunday, the 10th to be held in the country. Davao City Mayor Inday Sara Duterte-Carpio was on hand to congratulate some 2000 participants.

Thousands of people welcomed and cheered over 2,000 competitors in the different categories of this prestigious international sporting event that featured 21 world champions, including men’s professional big winner Mauricio Mendez of Mexico.

Department of Tourism (DOT) Secretary Wanda Tulfo Teo said tens of thousands foreign and domestic visitors descended in Davao City for the spectacle race, rendering hotel resorts in the area fully-booked days before the three-day event began.

“Once more, we have showcased Davao City as an outstanding venue for major international events and as a safe haven for truly great fun experience,” said Teo, a self-made Davao travel entrepreneur before her ascent to the DOT top post.

Both Teo and Davao City Mayor Inday Sara Duterte-Carpio vowed to facilitate and host other popular sports events this year, including a segment of the World’s Strongest Man competition next month in the backdrop of immense Mt. Apo.

“I’ve been wanting to do the Ironman here. I am very happy that it’s here now and we welcome you all wholeheartedly,” Mayor Duterte-Carpio said during the media day at the Ayala Land’s Azuela Cove in Davao City’s Lanang district.

The triumphant 22-year old Mendez, a heartthrob among women enthusiasts, said he has fallen for Davao City’s pristine scenery, luscious greenery, the exotic local cuisine and the Filipino hospitality.

Mauricio finished second in last year’s IRONMAN in Cebu City and a seven-time first-placer in previous IRONMAN and XTERRA professional triathlon competitions.

Women’s pro-winner Radka Kahlefeldt of Czech Republic has competed several times in the Philippines while Cebu native Jorry Ycong topped the Asian Elite category.

The triathlon included a 1.9-kilometer swim, followed by a 90-kilometer bike, and ended with a 21.1-kilometer run.
A record-high 1,800 professional triathletes from 39 countries like Australia, Japan, Hungary, Mexico, United States, South Africa and the Czech Republic competed the 9-hour event that also featured Filipino celebrities Matteo Guidicelli, Wilfred Uytengsu, Kim Atienza, and Bubbles Paraiso.

Alveo IRONMAN 70.3 triathlon in Davao City

Alveo IRONMAN 70.3 triathlon in Davao City

The organizers prepared special medals for the finishers, crafted by a prominent Mindanaoan artist named Kublai Millan.
Teo also lauded the local Philippine National Police (PNP) region 11 police office and hundreds of community volunteers for ensuring security and traffic safety throughout Sunday’s race.

“Tourism does not only seek to promote destinations but also wellness for local and international visitors to pamper themselves, and Mindanao offers a complete package for holistic health and fitness, and nature adventure,” said Teo.

“Marami pang darating na events, not only in Davao but in other places din para ma-promote ang iba pang destinations (There will be more events not only in Davao but also in other emerging tourist destinations),” Teo added.

Teo said the event is aligned with the DOT’s “Go South” program to promote world-class destinations like Siargao, Samal Island, Camiguin Island, Zamboanga and Tawi-Tawi, and Mindanao’s products, food, culture and tradition.

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Exceptional Luxury at the Five-Star Award Winner, Marco Polo Ortigas Manila

Marco Polo Ortigas Manila

Redefining luxury travel, Marco Polo Ortigas Manila (hotel info) takes pride as it gets recognized once again in the global hospitality landscape, having earned the Five-Star Award, for two consecutive years, by Forbes Travel Guide; the only non-gaming hotel recipient in the Philippines.

Marco Polo Ortigas

Marco Polo Ortigas

Managed by the Wharf Hotels that is based in Hong Kong, Marco Polo Ortigas Manila is one of the only two hotels in Manila who have been the firsts to be awarded the recognition by the global authority on luxury travel, the Forbes Travel Guide, since its inception six decades ago. This year, its excellency in all pillars of hospitality have been certified again, as it remained to keep the status for the second time.

Marco Polo Ortigas Manila Facade

Marco Polo Ortigas Manila Facade

“It’s our second consecutive time to be on list. We are very grateful to have been recognized once again as one of the finest. This really shows how we provide only the most exceptional service that create meaning with every encounter. We have only been running for just three years, and getting this award for two times already definitely defines our standards.

Marco Polo Ortigas Manila Sky Lobby

Marco Polo Ortigas Manila Sky Lobby

We’ve always pushed ourselves to high standards and customer satisfaction, the little extra touches for the customers to remember and visit us again. It is one thing to reach goals but it is much more difficult to maintain and exceed the goals again, to keep producing the best results, and this requires team effort,” says General Manager Frank Reichenbach.

Cucina Paella Mixta

Cucina Paella Mixta

At Marco Polo Ortigas Manila (reviews), embrace timeless hospitality reflected in the most superior standard of service that is distinct in every encounter. Asian warmth with a blend of Western comfort will ultimately give meaning to guests’ travel experience, signalling a whole new dimension in showcasing the renowned brand of Asian hospitality embodied in the pioneering spirit of Marco Polo.

Embark through an ultimate culinary journey with flavours accentuated in each ingredient and each dish served to each table. Complementing Manila’s stellar dining destinations with its four signature outlets that will certainly be attracting rave reviews and legions of regulars. Café Pronto is a beacon for coffee lovers where designer blends and aromatic coffees complement an array of savouries, sandwiches, chocolates, and a host of freshly baked confections.

Manila Lung Hin

Manila Lung Hin

Cucina is the fashionable all-day dining restaurant located at the Level 24, which features live station kitchens showcasing specialties from the world’s culinary capitals. Experience bespoke buffet and an original a la carte menu in a stylish setting where attention to detail is supreme. Lung Hin, the contemporary Chinese restaurant serves traditional and authentic Cantonese food and fresh seafood from the expert hands of its Hong Kong chefs. Vu’s, the first of its kind sky bar and lounge located at the Level 45 of the hotel tower is poised to be a signature Ortigas attraction. Indulge in signature cocktails, wines, spirits, and champagnes with Mediterranean tapas amidst an awe-inspiring vista of the Marikina Valley, the Mountain Range of Antipolo and the Laguna Lake along the east and the vibrant Ortigas Skyline with the world-renowned Manila sunset as a backdrop at the west side.

Experience unparalleled accommodation that provides modern travel through intricate attention to every detail. The first purpose-built five-star Marco Polo hotel in the country offering discerning guests 316 spacious and well-designed rooms and suites, including two Continental Club floors that accords unrivalled privileges and benefits.

Marco Polo Manila Continental Club Lounge

Marco Polo Manila Continental Club Lounge

Adjudged to be the most stunning hotel in the Ortigas district and one of the best among Marco Polo hotels in the world, it is exclusive for guests who desire a higher level of luxury which is enhanced by its impressive new Continental Club lounge. Located at the Level 44, the Continental Club transforms into a stylish venue for business and leisure travellers. Continental Club floor guests can indulge in the exclusive services from complimentary daily breakfast, afternoon tea to cocktails.

To know more about the award winner, Marco Polo Ortigas Manila, contact (632) 720 7777, visit www.marcopolohotels.com or email: manila@marcopolohotels.com. Visit facebook.com/MarcoPoloOrtigasManila or follow @MarcoPoloManila on Twitter or Instagram.

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ASEAN tourism seminar tackles accessibility for PWDs

MANILA Asean Tourism Seminar – Creating a barrier-free travel experience for persons with disabilities (PWDs) in the Philippines was the focal point of the of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN)-Japan Accessible Tourism Seminar hosted recently by the Department of Tourism (DOT), together with the ASEAN-Japan Centre and the National Council on Disability, at the Manila Diamond Hotel.

The seminar addressed the need for wheelchair-user friendly architecture for tourism establishments in the Philippines. Asean Tourism Seminar

The seminar addressed the need for wheelchair-user friendly architecture for tourism establishments in the Philippines. Asean Tourism Seminar

Asean Tourism Seminar

Seminar participants observed that hospitality services for PWDs are often overlooked by establishments causing hindrances during travel because of limited facilities – from sidewalks, ramps, wheelchair-lifts for cars, to bathrooms, and toilets, including audio and visual guides.

In response the issues, ASEAN member states have started creating facilities and identifying infrastructures to be developed in order to provide better accessibility and reduce barriers for PWDs.

The seminar also tackled the need for sign-language trained personnel in tourism establishments to accommodate hearing-impaired travelers, in addition to creating more PWD-friendly communication aides.

The seminar also tackled the need for sign-language trained personnel in tourism establishments to accommodate hearing-impaired travelers, in addition to creating more PWD-friendly communication aides.

“The Philippines has always been very supportive and now more than ever vigilant in its promotion of the principles of ‘Tourism for All,’ promoting universal accessibility,” said DOT Undersecretary for Tourism Development Planning Benito C. Bengzon, Jr., in his keynote speech.

During the seminar, representatives from Japan, Myanmar, Thailand, Vietnam and the Philippines presented technological and infrastructure advances, and barrier-free tour products specifically designed for wheelchair-users, and visually and hearing-impaired travelers, as well as the areas of improvement in the said aspects.

Among the identified areas of focus in providing accessibility to PWDs are transportation, lodging, and architecture, as well as communication aides.

DOT Undersecretary Benito Bengzon (center) together with DOT-OIMD Dir. Nelly Nita Dillera (left), and ASEAN-Japan Dir. Vathooniyom Douangmala (right), with representatives from Japan, Myanmar, Thailand and Vietnam.

DOT Undersecretary Benito Bengzon (center) together with DOT-OIMD Dir. Nelly Nita Dillera (left), and ASEAN-Japan Dir. Vathooniyom Douangmala (right), with representatives from Japan, Myanmar, Thailand and Vietnam.

Raising awareness on PWD challenges and advocating for their inclusion in travel destinations are the premier goals of accessible tourism, noted Bengzon.

The DOT official also said personnel training for establishments and development of programs in consultation with the PWD communities were also promoted in order to eradicate discrimination towards PWDs and level their inclusion in travel privileges with the rest of the population.

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Lovely Afternoon Tea at Marco Polo Ortigas Manila’s Connect Lounge

Savour the splendour of the classics

Savour the splendor of the classics and take afternoon tea to new heights while enjoying the stunning view of the Metro as Forbes Five-star award winner, Marco Polo Ortigas Manila’s Connect Lounge brings delectable bites to enjoy over a fine cup of tea.

Marco Polo Asian Set

Marco Polo Asian Set

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Served in a 3 tier stand, guests can enjoy a wide array of selections such as cakes and mini sandwiches, with coffee or tea. Choose from wide array of coffee selections-brewed, latte, cappuccino, espresso, or macchiato-or tea-black, green, herbal, or Chinese tea. Drinks can be opted for an upgrade to a glass of champagne, smoothie, or iced tea. Witness an open kitchen in the bar counter where all food items will be set up and guests can request their preferred taste. This sanctuary comes with the relaxing view of the East, that will surely make catching up with friends even more enjoyable.

Introducing a new and more sophisticated approach to afternoon drinks and delights, choose between the delightful classic sets of the East and the West. Served in a 3 tier stand, guests can enjoy the majestic tier of Marco Polo Asian set with Steamed Dim Sums, Vegetable Dumpling and Prawn Ha Kaw, or have it baked or fried with Shrimp and Vegetable Spring Rolls, Char Siew Chicken Egg Tart, and the all-time favorite Flaky Sweet Pork Bun. Opt for something grand with the Traditional English set featuring a wide array of healthy sandwiches – Smoked Salmon Finger Sandwich, Cucumber and Egg Mayonnaise Finger Sandwich, Open-faced Tomato and Mozarella Sandwich, and Open-faced Ham and Mango Relish Sandwich.

Connect Lounge serves an Afternoon Tea with its wide array of choices ranging from delights for those who have a sweet tooth, to fresh sandwiches with colourful baguettes for bread lovers. Catch up with friends with these savouries over coffee or tea, the perfect drinks to have with good company.

Traditional English Set

Traditional English Set

Located at the 24th floor sky lobby, Connect Lounge is one of Marco Polo Ortigas Manila’s signature outlets, which continues to innovate its offerings to guests. From coffee to wines, the lounge also has menus for small items that bring a luxury feel every time a guest dine. Wait for the check in or out, or chitchat with old friends over good drinks, Connect Lounge brings the finest selections of food and beverage.

Enjoy an afternoon tea in high style at Marco Polo Ortigas Manila’s Connect Lounge, from 2:00PM to 5:00PM on Mondays through Fridays, and from 2:00PM to 6:00PM on Saturdays and Sundays at Php 888, for two persons. To know more about the hotel, visit www.marcopolohotels.com. Follow the Hotel in Facebook at facebook.com/MarcoPoloOrtigasManila or @MarcoPoloManila on Twitter or Instagram.

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Philippine Department of Tourism pursues alternative livelihood during Boracay ‘upgrading’

BORACAY ISLAND, AKLAN – Over 56 billion pesos of tourist spending is at stake during the imminent Boracay Island rehabilitation and restoration but the Department of Tourism (DOT) is now collaborating with the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) to address the issue.

Boracay Island Paradise

Boracay Island Paradise

DOT Secretary Wanda Tulfo-Teo recognizes the possible effects including job displacements and economic dislocation of the the current upgrading of Boracay and is already looking at alternative means of livelihood and employment.

“We are aware of the situation of Boracay but we cannot just discount the thousands of employees and their families and the economic contribution of the island through its tourist receipts and job employment. We have to strike a balance between the environment and the economy,” Teo said.

Boracay Island (check list of hotels) welcomed over two million local and foreign tourists last year for a 16 percent growth from 2016. Boracay also employed the most for the Western Visayas region last year with 17,737 direct tourism employment accounting to 66 percent of the whole region.

DOT Regional Director for Western Visayas Atty. Helen Catalbas shared that most of the workers at the island are from other places like Cebu, Negros, Manila, and other provinces in Luzon.

The DOT Regional Office VI is already in coordination with other local government units in efforts to relocate employees that may be laid off during the Boracay rehabilitation.

“Those who will be affected can work with the demolition of illegal structures and the construction of the improved sewage system and road infrastructure,” Teo added.

Hotel and tourism establishments can for the meantime polish and update their facilities and manpower during the reported Boracay upgrading.

Also See: The Complete Boracay Travel Guide
DOT is also studying tax holidays and incentives for those business and employees affected. Skills development trainings and seminars for front liners and other tourism ambassadors are also being planned.

Philippine Department of Tourism pursues alternative livelihood during Boracay 'upgrading'

Philippine Department of Tourism pursues alternative livelihood during Boracay ‘upgrading’

The DOT holds regular consultation meetings with tourism stakeholders including tour operators and travel agency associations in pacifying the effects to the domestic and international tourist market.

Meanwhile, DOT remains steadfast in its support to the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) in its pursue to solve the environment woes of the island and the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) in apprehension of those who violated and abused the law.

The tourism department is also gearing up to the launching of the ‘new’ Boracay after its renovation and upgrading.

“After the six-month timeline set by President Duterte, we look forward to introducing to the world the ‘new’ and improved Boracay,” Teo added.

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Savoury Dim Sum Delights at Marco Polo Ortigas Manila’s Lung Hin

A time for yum cha

Cantonese cuisine will never be complete with a serving of assorted delicacies, dim sum, and Lung Hin is showcasing a variety of authentic steamed and deep-fried dishes, for special lunch set menus.

Marco Polo Ortigas Savoury Dim Sum Set Menu B

Marco Polo Ortigas Savoury Dim Sum Set Menu B

Coming from a long history, dim sums started in teahouses to refresh travellers along the Silk Road. From workers who have exert their best efforts at work, dim sum was believed to be the comfort food in the afternoon for a relaxing tea, over a good conversation. This has also been served even as early as six in the morning, with gathering friends for a good meal. With this origin, dim sum has been a witness, and a great part of the Chinese culture.

As Lung Hin features authentic Cantonese dishes, it also takes pride in the dim sum offerings that they serve, coming from dim sum master chef Wong Chiu Lung, who has been in the industry for years. Having Hong Kong as his native, Chef Wong truly has practised authentic dim sum cooking, wherein it is also believed where the best dim sum comes from.

Enjoy steamed dim sum combinations-Vegetarian Dumpling, Pork Siu Mau with Trauffle Sauce, and Shrimp Dumplings with Gold Leaf-together with flavourful Roasted Pork Belly, Baked Barbecue Pork Buns, and Hong Kong Satin Chicken Congee, all for Set Lunch A.

Fried dishes such as Deep-Fried Bean Curd Skin Rolls with Prawn, Deep-Fried Hong Kong Pigeon, Wok-Fried Rice Roll with Fresh Shrimps and Shredded Chicken can also be enjoyed for Set Lunch B, with the steamed favourites, Pork Spare Ribs with Garlic, and Mushroom Buns.

Savoury Dim Sum Set Menu A from Marco Polo Ortigas

Savoury Dim Sum Set Menu A from Marco Polo Ortigas

May it be steamed, pan-fried, or deep-fried, experience authentic Cantonese dim sum dining at Lung Hin for the Set Lunch from 8 March to 31 April 2018. Lung Hin is located at the Level 44 of the Two-Time Five-Star Award Winner of Forbes Travel Guide, Marco Polo Ortigas Manila (hotel info). To know more about the hotel, visit www.marcopolohotels.com. Follow the Hotel in Facebook at facebook.com/MarcoPoloOrtigasManila or @MarcoPoloManila on Twitter or Instagram.

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Philippine Gov’t action to restore Boracay in 6 months

The Department of Tourism (DOT) enjoins the public in a comprehensive intra-agency effort to save Boracay Island in Malay, Aklan from further degradation caused by seawater pollution in some of its areas, and restore it to its natural condition that earned it? the accolade, the “World’s Best Island.”

Restore Boracay

Restore Boracay

This early, the DOT imparts its word of appreciation to the stakeholders who have extended support and cooperation to the clean-up program (#saveboracay), a joint action between the DOT, the Department of Environment and Natural Resources, and the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG), in compliance to directive of President Rodrigo R. Duterte regain the paradise in six months.

To prevent continued harmful disposal of wastewater into the seas surrounding the island’s three barangays (Balabag, Manoc-Manoc and Yapac), the DOT is imposing a six-month moratorium on accreditation during which resorts and other establishments must acquire and maintain individual water treatment facility, as well as connect to the centralized sewerage system.

Boracay Island

Boracay Island

The DOT, in coordination with the DENR and DILG, is determined to press appropriate criminal and administrative charges against those establishments/operators responsible for the seawater contamination in violation of environmental and tourism laws.

While there is no definitive plan to place Boracay under a state-of-calamity or to close Boracay to international and domestic visitors altogether, the DOT shares the optimism of well-meaning and law-abiding stakeholder operators that Boracay Island will be completely restored in six month-period.

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