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‘Treasures of the North’ to spice up Dagupan Bangus Festival

A new and exciting event will spice up this year’s Dagupan Bangus Festival 2010 slated on April 16 to May 1.

Bangus Festival 2010

This is the “Yaman ng Norte” (Treasures of the North) Agri-Trade that will showcase the ‘One Town, One Product” (OTOP) program of every city and municipality in Northern Luzon to be held at the air-conditioned CSI Stadia from April 27 to 30.

The festival’s organizing committee headed by Vice Mayor Belen Fernandez gave the nod for the holding of “Yaman ng Norte” that will feature different products, delicacies, culture and events of various Northern Luzon towns and cities. Continue Reading

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2010 Baguio Panagbenga flower festival most successful

A ranking official of the Baguio Flower Festival Foundation (BFFF) on Thursday confirmed that the on-going 15th edition of the event called “Panagbenga” is among the most successful within a period of more than a decade.

Everyone is excited for the Panagbenga Festival 2011

Anthony de Leon, also a local tourism council officer said that “It is not self-serving for us to say that the visitors last weekend almost doubled the usual crowd during street dancing and floral parade.” Continue Reading

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Green Tourism Forum 2010 in Davao City

The Davao City tourism industry leaders are initiating a Green Tourism Forum on Environmental Stewardship on March 8 at the Marco Polo Davao.

Philippine Eagle in Davao

Mary Ann M. Montemayor, convenor of Green Alliance for Davao said the forum aims to tackle relevant and pressing environmental issues affecting the tourism industry such as the power energy crisis in the region. Continue Reading

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Broader tourism data analysis to boost Philippine economy

The Philiippine Department of Tourism (DOT) further reinforced its technical assessment of tourism traffic to the country to capture the aggregate and accurate state of tourism and its contribution to the economy.

El Nido Palawan Secret Lagoon

“We have expanded our assessment to include a more systematic and in-depth analysis of top destinations to provide a clearer insight on the tourism movements throughout the country. Understanding these movements allows us to create strategies to further support the development of these destinations. This system also creates awareness for these places in the national level,” said Tourism Secretary Ace Durano. Continue Reading

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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

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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

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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

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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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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

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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

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